Dentures cause discomfort while eating certain foods and certain other foods are ignored completely as they cannot be chewed with dentures on your teeth. Avoiding certain healthy foods can put the wearer at an increased risk of malnutrition, according to one study.
The study holds good for people with tooth loss too. In both sets of people, there is joint and muscle frailty which can leave the individual with risks of bone ruptures and falls.
Foods and Malnutrition
Fibrous fruits and vegetables, nuts and meat that are required for a well-balanced nutritious diet are often ignored by individuals with dentures as they find it difficult to chew or there are also risk of causing damage to the denture due to hard chewing or biting. This is because, although dentures are said to improve chewing function, the force applied while biting certain foods is weaker than the force that can be applied on natural teeth, which means the individual must avoid certain foods.
The study involved 1,800 individuals above the age of 62 who were categorized into three groups: people having at least 20 teeth, those with dentures and fewer than 20 teeth and people with non-dentures and fewer than 20 teeth. The study focuses on the individuals’ BMI, strength, frailty, BMI and oral health and also took note of each person’s nutritional intake.
The study found that:
While health education focuses on improving nutrition strategies to create awareness among the general public to shift towards healthier foods, minimum importance is given on the influence of teeth on dietary consumption of the older adults. This calls for the need of developing oral health policies to make sure that older adults maintain oral health as much as possible throughout their life tenure.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.