If you’ve lost your teeth and still don’t have dental implants, it can be tempting to eat without them. However, eating without teeth or dentures can actually be dangerous for your dental and overall health. Before you learn what foods can be good for you, consider these health risks that can occur as a result of prolonged eating without teeth.
When you try to chew without teeth, your gums and jaws work much harder than usual to ensure that food is chewed enough to swallow. Over time, your gums will be irritated from overload, which can result in issues like TMJ and gum infection. In addition to your gums, your jawbone will also work hard that can cause too much pressure and make your jawbone weakened and more prone to fractures.
Digestive problems often occur in people without teeth. When food is not properly chewed and the food fragments are too big to be properly digested, it can lead to indigestion. Your body will not be able to absorb essential nutrients and you will get issues like bacterial growth and flatulence. These problems can provoke various deficiencies, immunodeficiency, and other dangerous consequences.
In order to avoid serious health risks, you need to get dental implants or dentures as soon as possible. Talk to your dentist and choose the best option for you.
Grains like oatmeal are easy to eat and provide your body with a high dose of essential nutrients like manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B1, selenium, iron, and magnesium. Season your oatmeal with pureed vegetables, berries, or fruits in order to get more nutrients.
Properly cooked veggies are soft enough to eat without teeth. Steaming can help retain the majority of their nutrients, which means you can still get vitamins and minerals contained in vegetables. Steam your favorite veggies until they become very soft and then mash or puree them until they become smooth. You can mix them with low-fat cream or milk and add your favorite spices to make a healthy soup.
Since protein is crucial for your body, you need to increase your protein intake. This can be done by adding to your soup pureed meat, fish, or beans. You can puree salmon with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and low-fat cream cheese to make a super healthy and tasty salmon mousse.
You can also make a meat mousse. Puree beef or chicken and add it to your soup or combine them with soft pasta or rice. You can also boost your protein intake by adding scrambled eggs, low-fat milk, cottage cheese, and yogurt to your diet.
You can puree any fruit you want and even combine two or more fruits to make a multivitamin smoothie. Add some berries like goji berries, strawberries, bilberries, Acai berries, cranberries to your smoothie. These berries are extra nutritious that will provide you with a ton of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.