Eating without Teeth or Denture – 10 Tips You Need to Know
If you have lost teeth and you have not gotten to replace them with dental implants, or if you do not feel comfortable applying dentures, you will have to force yourself to learn how to eat without the help of your teeth or the dentures. As convenient as it may sound to you, eating without the help of your teeth or the denture poses a threat to your oral health and your overall body health. Vita Dental highlights the 10 things you need to know before you consider eating without your teeth or dentures.
Eating without dentures or your teeth exposes you to gum disease
The gums are a very important part of ones dental composition. When you chew your food with your bare gums will lead to them being exposed to gum diseases because the gums will be performing a function that they are not suited to perform. Teeth and dentures are able to bite and break down food easily and effectively while bare gums cannot. Using your gums to chew can lead to abrasion which, eventually, results in your gum bleeding and exposure to infection.
You get exposed to Temporomandibular joint problems
In addition to exposure to gum disease, another risk that one subjects themselves to is developing Temporomandibular joint problems. This condition is worse than gum disease given that it affects how your jaws function and it is untreatable. The condition usually develops as a result of one’s gums being subjected to a lot of pressure over a prolonged period of time. The chances of developing, TMJ increases when you eat with missing teeth and without dentures because of the uneven pressure distribution in the mouth.
Insufficient saliva production
Saliva has a great role to play in the food digestion process. Its purpose is to lubricate food for easier swallowing. Also, saliva contains some enzyme called amylase that helps in the digestion of starch. The production of saliva by the salivary glands is usually stimulated by chewing of food. Effective chewing of food, and chewing in general, is actually not possible without the help of teeth. As such, eating without your teeth means that you will affect your digestion of food.
You risk developing gastronomical problems
Digestion of food usually commences in the mouth when starch is being acted on by amylase enzyme. Also, the part where your teeth break down the food into small particles that are easy to digest is very important. When you eat without your teeth or dentures, the entire digestion process is affected since the food will be too large to be acted upon by the digestive enzymes.
Recession and weakening of your jawbone
Another risk of eating with missing teeth or without wearing dentures is bone resorption. Bone resorption is basically the weakening and the recession of the jawbone. When you feed without the teeth or the denture, pressure on the jawbone will be distributed unevenly hence leading to its weakening and possible fracturing.
Improper enzyme production
Back to the aspect of digestion, when you consume your food with missing teeth you will end up affecting the production of enzymes for your food digestion. The mere act of chewing does way more than one can imagine. Other than stimulating the production of saliva in the mouth, it sends a nerve message to the stomach and other parts of the digestive system to produce enzymes and acids necessary for food digestion. Eating without your dentures or your teeth affects all these.
Chewing food helps you enjoy the taste of your food
You can only experience the full taste of your meal if you bite and break it down into small pieces in the mouth. Eating without chewing your food means that you will appreciate your food less since you won’t get its full taste when you eat.
You risk losing your remaining teeth
If you are lucky to still have several other teeth still remaining, eating without your dentures makes you at the risk of losing all your teeth. The risk is even higher when you try chewing hard foods with just your gums. When you do this, the remaining teeth becomes weaker and, over time, fall off one at a time.
You can consume fruit and vegetables without teeth
While there are many other types of food that you may not be able to eat without your teeth, there are a few exceptions. Soft fruits, vegetable, and grains can be comfortably consumed without teeth or dentures. It is, also, possible to consume some soft protein foods that are really soft and well-cooked like fish, eggs and pudding. They, however, need to be very soft not to harm your gums.
Eating without your teeth may cause you to lose control of your weight
Unbelievable as it may sound, chewing actually helps control your weight. When you chew your food, you slow down your eating speed hence reducing the chances of you overeating. The same cannot be said when you chew with your gums or when you don’t chew food at all.