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Why Eating Without Dentures is Risky: Key Impacts and Solutions

Attempting to eat without dentures or natural teeth is not only challenging but comes with numerous issues.

 

Poor Digestion

Digestion begins in the mouth, and inadequate chewing can disrupt this process, leading to nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems if missing teeth are not replaced. Undigested food can harbour bacteria, causing increased bacterial growth, flatulence, and other symptoms of indigestion.

 

Further Bone Deterioration and Gum Infections

Chewing food with just your gums can be abrasive, potentially damaging your gum tissue. This stress can lead to sores and infections.

 

Reduced Saliva and Inadequate Enzyme Production

Chewing without teeth or dentures disrupts the production of essential enzymes necessary for efficient food breakdown. Normal chewing triggers taste receptors to send signals to the digestive system, prompting enzyme release. When chewing is impaired, this signalling process is disturbed, leading to insufficient enzyme release and compromised digestion. Effective chewing also stimulates the salivary glands, but without teeth, this crucial stage is hindered.

 

Risks to Any Remaining Teeth

Each tooth has a unique function in eating. Molars and premolars grind food, while incisors and canines cut and tear it. Missing teeth disrupt this balance, interfering with your eating habits and causing remaining teeth to shift into vacant spots. This shifting affects your ability to properly cut, slice, or grind food, impacting your overall eating experience.

 

Social and Psychological Impact

Difficulty eating can affect your quality of life and self-esteem, leading to social isolation and decreased enjoyment of meals. Feelings of embarrassment or shame further impact your mental health and overall well-being.


 

Here’s What You Can Do:

 

1)      Schedule an Assessment with a Denturist at Beausejour Denture Clinic

Your assessment includes an oral exam, evaluation of current dentures (if applicable), comprehensive treatment plan options, and an estimate. Our support staff will assist with any dental insurance you may have.

 

2)      Consider Complete or Partial Dentures

This removable solution allows you to eat and socialize with confidence.

 

3)      Ask About Dentures Over Implants

Removable or fixed dentures over implants offer increased fit, security (no slippage), and bite force.

 

If you have concerns about your dentures or oral health, call our office at 204-268-3488 for a complimentary assessment. Properly fitting dentures can significantly improve your overall health and quality of life.

 

 


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