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Mar
29

Chewing Problems? See Your Dentist!

Posted in Dentures

Problems in chewing foods can be caused from many different reasons.  This article will discuss how to deal with this problem, and tips to take to help keep you safe and healthy.

There are many possible causes for difficulties in chewing. One of the first things to try and determine is if they problems are from pain in your teeth or jaw, a feeling of being unable to open and close your mouth completely, or tenderness along your gum lines, cheek or tongue.  You may find that you only are having problems chewing on one side or the other.  It may also be impossible for you to determine exactly where the pain is coming from.

One of the most common causes of difficulty chewing is a cavity.  Cavities are open holes in the teeth, that will produce sensitivity and pain when hot or cold items, and sometimes sweet items, come in contact with the tooth.  If your pain is isolated to a specific tooth, you may have a cavity or single tooth damage.  Your dentist can determine the exact cause.

Other problems may come from having loose teeth or ill-fitting dentures.  This may be caused from a change in your jaw bone itself.  Finally, pain may arise from sores in your mouth.

Having difficulties chewing can result in poor nutritional status.  If you cannot chew properly, it is very difficult to eat a well-balanced meal.  Poor nutrition can cause you to have other problems, including increased susceptibility to infection or illnesses, feelings of fatigue and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  If you cannot chew, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.  In the meantime, try to eat soft foods with a mild temperature to remain adequately nourished.

The bottom line?  If you are having problems chewing, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.  Delays in seeking treatment could cost you more than your smile, they could be bad for your overall health.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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