Until they get them, most people don’t realize just how different dentures are from natural teeth. You may realize that they don’t look like natural teeth, but you probably don’t know just how different they are in function from your natural teeth. But once you get them, you know. Especially as you watch your eating habits change–and not for the better.
Different Chewing Motions
Chewing is a complex process. Your teeth don’t just go up and down, they also move sideways, too, so your teeth can crush, cut, and shear food all in one single motion. This is very effective and it allows you to efficiently break down your food.
But with traditional dentures, you have to use only up and down motions. That’s because your dentures are not secure enough, and those sideways motions will dislodge your dentures. This can work, but it’s not nearly as efficient, so eating takes much longer.
Cutting Food up More
To try to speed up the process of chewing food, you will also have to cut up your food smaller. Because the chewing motions are less efficient, you have to cut up food smaller in order to make it break down in a reasonable amount of time. And large bites of food may actually be completely unmanageable.
Dentures may even force you to cut up foods you wouldn’t otherwise cut. That’s because biting into most foods isn’t typically a simple process of cutting through the food. Usually, you bite down, partially cutting, but also grabbing and tearing. This type of motion would pull out traditional dentures, rather than tearing the food! So, instead, you will end up cutting foods like pizza, corn on the cob, ribs, even sandwiches and candy bars.
Modifying the Texture of Foods
Some food textures may be hard to eat. Crusty breads, for example, can be too hard for you. But you can continue to enjoy the soft interior of the bread (assuming it doesn’t stick too much to your plastic dentures, which can happen). Crunchy fruits and vegetables may be too hard for you. Steak may be too hard to chew. Many candies and some other foods may be too sticky–they can pull your dentures out of place.
To change the texture of foods, you may have to cook everything differently. Boil your vegetables, and your meat. No steak for you, just pot roast.
If your dentures are particularly poor at chewing, you may have to give up on it altogether, and stick to pureed foods.
With all the changes in your eating habits and the challenge of trying to overcome different textures or other obstacles to eating with dentures, eating is a lot harder than it used to be. And with diminished taste and other reasons why eating becomes less rewarding, it may no longer seem worth it. You may start out by cutting out some of your favorite foods, but you end up cutting out food altogether.
You may end up with unhealthy weight loss and even malnutrition as a result.
Change Your Dentures, Not Your Eating
There are many changes to your eating habits that traditional dentures will force on you. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Dentures don’t have to be like dentures.
To learn more about the benefits of FOY® Dentures, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.