Eating Without Teeth – What You Need to Know

If you’ve lost teeth and have not replaced them with dental implants or dentures, it can be tempting to try and eat without them. Over time you may find it comfortable to eat without these. The fact is that eating without teeth raises health concerns to your mouth and the rest of your body. Here we discuss the health concerns that can occur as a result of eating without teeth.


Gum and Jaw Issues

Chewing without teeth requires the jaws and gums to work harder to make sure that the food you eat is chewed properly to swallow. Over time, your teeth and gums will become sore and irritated from having to work extra hard to properly process food. This can lead to more serious problems like TMJ and infected gums.

The jawbone is also in a continuous state of changes in response to pressure placed on it from teeth or dentures. Without this pressure, the bone becomes weakened over time and is more prone to fractures. It is true that there are certain foods that you can eat comfortably without teeth, but this is to be followed only for short periods of time.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Eating without Teeth or Dentures can cause digestive issues. When food is not well chewed and the food fragments are too big to be properly broken down, incomplete digestion occurs. Not only do nutrients not get extracted from the food but undigested food also becomes fodder for bacteria in the colon. This can lead to bacterial growth, flatulence, and other symptoms of indigestion.

Eating a diet composed of foods that don’t require chewing is not as good as your body does not have the opportunity to absorb nutrients through the chewing process. Chewing is also directly connected with the movement of food through your digestive tract, and, in particular, with the movement of food from your stomach to your small intestine.

The process of chewing also signals the rest of the gastrointestinal system that the digestive process can begin. It stimulates the taste receptors in the mouth, which relay messages to the stomach to start producing acid to aid with digestion once food reaches it. It also signals the pancreas to begin producing enzymes that are passed into the small intestine to aid with digestion there.

What Can You Do?

Eating without teeth can cause serious short and long-term problems. Teeth play an important role in your body and trying to live without them is not a great long-term plan. There are many reasons why you or someone in your life may be trying to get by eating without teeth or dentures. Whether it’s due to finances, embarrassment or something else, whatever the reason, Lakewood Dental smile can help come up with a plan that fits your situation to help you get back on track.

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