Can Missing Teeth Affect Your Health?


One of the biggest health challenges to result from tooth loss is the inability to chew food properly. Those with fewer natural teeth tend to eat “softer” foods, which can also be higher in sugar and fat, and lower in fiber and nutrients. Low-fiber diets can cause problems with constipation and intestinal disorders such as diverticular disease. Poorly chewed food can be hard to swallow, leading to problems with gas and distension. The loss of ability to consume foods that are nutrient rich can lead to malnutrition – which can happen even if a person is gaining weight. It becomes harder to eat foods that would strengthen the remaining teeth, such as firm-crunchy vegetables like apples, celery and carrots, and that leads to a greater risk of additional tooth loss and more digestive distress.

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Chewing food properly exercises the muscles of the mouth, developing saliva which aids in the breaking down of some types of carbohydrates.  Saliva contains the enzyme amylase which is responsible for the breakdown of starch in the food. For the enzyme to act on the food properly, the food has to be chewed properly and broken down into smaller molecules. This means that if you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, the food will not be broken down properly and the enzyme action will be inhibited. Starch in the food you ingest will therefore not be fully utilized and you will have wasted a lot of meaningful nutrients. As you can see, how you chew your food is just as important as the quality of food you eat.  However, if you are eating a healthy diet, but not able to chew your food as nature intended, your efforts will be diminished and you could be missing out on some of the very important nutrients contributing to your overall health.

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