Chewing is the first step in digestion, and if your dentures aren’t doing their job, your digestion as a whole may suffer. Some common digestive problems people experience with dentures include:
- Heartburn or GERD
- Upset stomach
If you’re not chewing your food well enough, your stomach may have difficulty digesting the food. This can contribute to excessive acid levels or problems controlling your acid, which you’ll feel as heartburn, but is often called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Or you may just feel queasy because of the problems digesting.
Many people with dentures experience bad gas. Some of this gassiness is related to swallowing too much air, a condition known as aerophagia. The different chewing process with dentures makes it more likely that you’ll swallow more air with your food. But you’re also more likely to create gas because of inefficient chewing. Gas in the digestive system is caused when bacteria in your digestive tract break down food that your body isn’t digesting properly. If you’re not chewing properly, there’s more for them to break down, and this can lead to more gas.
People with dentures often develop constipation because they choose foods that are low in fiber. High fiber foods can be harder to eat. This means that people with dentures often have high-protein and high-fat diets without enough fiber.
Dentures Can Chew Efficiently
In the past, denture wearers had to accept that their dentures just couldn’t do the things that teeth can do. But now we have options for fully functional dentures. They don’t have to change the way you eat. FOY ® Dentures are designed to give optimal fit and foster healthy jaw function with dental implants since they secure dentures like natural teeth, allowing for optimal bite function. This way you can enjoy great food, even with dentures.
If you want to get dentures that help you chew properly, please contact a local FOY ® Dentures dentist today!