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?