Teaser: Denture-wearers should pay close attention to their nutrition intake. Research found that denture patients have lower nutrition markers than before using dentures. Dentures could impact nutrition more than patients may realize. Since dentures do not have the same chewing efficiency as natural teeth, many patients have to alter their regular eating habits when they start using dentures.
Dentures are a valuable oral appliance that has allowed countless patients with tooth loss to regain oral function. Humans have been using denture-like appliances to counter tooth loss for decades. The earliest record of dentures dates back to the 7th century. These ancient oral appliances used animal or human teeth. Denture technology has made leaps and bounds in the last decade. Not only do modern dentures beautifully restore patients' smiles, but they also create a stable chewing surface.
Denture-Users Have Lower Nutrition Markers
Patients who have had their dentures for two years have significantly lower nutrition markers in certain areas than before using dentures, according to a recent study published by the Journal of Prosthodontics. Patients who recently started using dentures should monitor their nutrition levels to prevent malnutrition.
Poor-fitting dentures greatly contribute to lowering nutrition levels. It is much more difficult to chew food when the chewing surfaces are unstable. This instability often results in patients avoiding eating foods that are difficult to eat, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoiding these vital food groups causes patients to miss out on key nutrients.
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You can still get in all the essential nutrients your body needs with dentures; it just requires a little extra planning. Schedule an appointment if you can not enjoy certain foods because of poorly fitting dentures. We will ensure your dentures fit comfortably so you can live a happy, healthy life.
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