Yes, but, we want to know the comparative result

Dentures put wearers at risk of malnutrition because they cause wearers to avoid healthy foods which are difficult to chew, a major study has shown.

Researchers at King’s College London found the same was true for people with teeth loss, who also struggle to chew food properly.

In both cases, tooth loss and wearing dentures was associated with joint and muscle frailty which can leave people at risk of bone breakages and falls.

The scientists said that people with dentures, or fewer teeth find it difficult to eat foods such as fibrous fruits and vegetables, nuts and meat, which are essential for good nutrition.

Although dentures improves chewing function, the bite force is much weaker than that of natural teeth, meaning users often avoid certain foods.

But that’s not what we want to know at all. Assuming tooth loss, which gives the better result, dentures or gumming everything?

10 comments on “Yes, but, we want to know the comparative result

  1. ‘avoid healthy foods which are difficult to chew, a major study has shown.’

    Any study that says ‘healthy foods’ is junk science. Even if it is ‘major.’

    Must have been a sale on adjectives.

    ‘By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor’

    An ‘editor.’ She ought to know better.

  2. Towards the end of her life, my mother-in-law shredded everything in her Moulinex*. Her gums were shrinking, so her dentures no longer fitted but at the age of 90-odd she saw no point in getting new ones.

    * Can anyone tell me why Wolves play in a stadium named after a food mixer ?

  3. This is such balls. I’ve had a full set of dentures for the past sixty years – the same NHS ones, too – and I have no problem eating nuts and apples (which I breakfast on every day) or anything else. And I love people seeing people wince as I bite into and chew ice cream!

  4. “But that’s not what we want to know at all. Assuming tooth loss, which gives the better result, dentures or gumming everything?”

    tsk, tsk. This sounds like an inequality issue to me and thus of great concern. I’m surprised you don’t realize that.

  5. Ooo, the old mooley grinder we used to call it. (The bowl-shaped one, not the mooley grater for grating cheese)

  6. Dentures do not prevent people eating healthy foods, just require them to choose *which* healthy foods. My mother had dentures (a result of having children in the mid-late 1940s and rationing) so she ate more fish, turkey breast instead of leg at Christmas and, or the rare occasions when we ate out, fillet steak rather than rump or sirloin.

  7. The mouligraters today are bollocks. They’re plastic rubbish—far too flexible. My mother had a pressed-steel one she picked up in Germany in the 1960s which gave up the ghost in the late 90s. It was brilliant.

    My father lost all his teeth to pyorrhea during the war thanks to the fucking awful diet the British Army had in the desert and never had any problem with steak or apples.

  8. Who wants to bet this research was sponsored by someone that financially benefits from dental implants?

    PS, they’re great, but they’re bloody expensive – typically about a grand a tooth, or about £15,000 for a mouthful (you can attach multiple teeth to one implant, so you don’t just multiply by 32).

    If they can convince the NHS that they’re medically valuable, then they can get the NHS to pay for them, which would mean you’d pay £244.30, the same as for a denture (the actual cost of a full set of NHS dentures is about a grand).

    Denture implant manufacturers would make a fortune if the NHS started paying for people to get implants instead of conventional dentures.

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