Have you noticed more digestive problems since you got your dentures? Unfortunately, that’s not uncommon, especially if you have cheap dentures. Poorly made dentures can lead to many digestive problems. Here’s how, and here’s how high quality dentures can help you overcome the limitations.
Improper Chewing Technique
Traditional dentures don’t work the way your natural teeth did. Because they’re not attached to your jawbone, traditional dentures can’t do the side-to-side motions that you used with natural teeth. If you haven’t adapted to the straight up-and-down chewing motions with dentures, you may find that they get dislodged frequently and they don’t chew effectively.
And if you’re not chewing your food before you swallow, it’s harder to digest your food. You may experience upset stomach, gassiness, and bloating.
Not Chewing Long Enough
Even when used properly, traditional dentures are less efficient at chewing. To break down food the same amount as with natural teeth, you need to take smaller bites and chew each bite longer.
But if you are taking bites that are too large and not chewing them long enough, the food can be hard to swallow. It can get caught in your throat, even impacted. And it can cause the same problems we noted above, such as upset stomach and bloating.
Poor Denture Design or Fit
Another problem people experience with dentures is gagging. You may already feel like you have a mouthful before you eat anything, and when you put something in to try to eat, you just can’t help but gag.
This is often caused by dentures that aren’t designed to fit properly. The dentures may be too large, making your mouth feel overfull. Or the dentures may push on sensitive parts of the mouth, causing you to gag. This may occur when you’re chewing and the dentures get dislodged, which can make it very hard to get through a meal. But better fitting dentures can solve this problem by not triggering your gag reflex every time you eat.
Avoiding Healthy Foods
When people first find that they have problems chewing with their dentures. They may try to adjust to the issue by changing your diet. You move away from hard, crunchy, or chewy foods to softer foods.
Unfortunately, this often means that your diet is more processed and has less nutrition and less fiber. You may develop constipation or gas, as well as facing problems like sudden weight gain, weight loss, or even malnutrition.
Have you noticed that you’re a lot more gassy since you got dentures. One of the most common reasons is aerophagia, or swallowing more gas when you eat. If your dentures don’t fit right, you’re more likely to swallow air as part of your inefficient chewing process.
It can be very uncomfortable, not to mention embarrassing to have an excess of burping and flatulence.
Better Denture Fit and Function Can Help
The good news is that all these problems can be addressed with better dentures. FOY ® Dentures are designed to give you the best fit and function from your dentures. With high quality ceramic teeth, they can be more efficient at cutting and grinding food, and the superb fit can make chewing more effective. You’ll also avoid gagging because the improved fit helps you avoid pressure on sensitive areas.
For even more effective denture function, implant dentures can be used. This leads to chewing that is essentially as effective as your natural teeth. You’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite foods and chew them naturally to enjoy healthy digestions.
To learn more about how better dentures can improve your digestion, please contact a local FOY ® Dentures dentist today.