Healthy Teeth Help Digestion

The reason dentures were invented is because without healthy teeth you cannot eat healthy. Your teeth allow you to masticate hard, tough, and crunchy foods. A variety of different foods provide a variety of vitamins and minerals that keep your body healthy. Perhaps you didn’t know that the digestive process begins in your mouth, and healthy teeth play an important role. If your oral health is suffering, if you have sore or bleeding gums, loose or missing teeth, teeth that are decayed, you are doing yourself a disservice. Read on to learn how your teeth aid your digestion.

Healthy Teeth Help Digestion

The first step in digestion is chewing. Your teeth are fashioned to masticate your food into tiny pieces so they are easily digested. Your saliva also aids digestion by moistening your food so you can chew it better. It also contains enzymes that begin breaking the food down for digestion while you chew. Your tongue muscle helps move the food around your mouth so it can be chewed by different teeth, and moistened by your saliva. It also helps push your food down your pharynx and into your stomach.

Your Teeth and Mastication

Your teeth are specialized to bite, tear, and cut food. Your incisors, the flat teeth in the front of your mouth, are used to cut or snip off pieces of food. Your canines, or eye teeth, grasp, rip, and tear. Your front molars, or premolars, are designed to crush food with their flat chewing surface. Your back molars crush, grind, and chew using the cusps.

Taking care of your teeth is crucial for your overall health and well-being. Without healthy teeth you will not eat healthy foods. Tooth decay can cause pain encouraging you to avoid crisp fruits and vegetables. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew meat, an important source of protein. If you don’t eat healthy not only will your overall health be compromised, so will your dental health leading to a catch 22.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.