Anyone who has experienced a toothache knows that it’s difficult to eat if you have tooth pain. It affects the way you enjoy the foods you love and can ultimately have a negative impact on your overall health! Missing teeth, misalignment and hypersensitivity can all affect proper chewing, breakdown of foods and therefore, proper digestion. Being able to taste and enjoy food is not the only benefit of chewing properly; chewing enables us to mechanically break down food into smaller pieces which allows our bodies to more readily access and absorb nutrients.
Missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to move from their original position, resulting in your teeth becoming misaligned. Should your teeth become misaligned (due to wisdom teeth coming through, shifting teeth causing crowding, etc.), you may experience pain in chewing, closing your bite properly and teeth grinding during sleep. If you’re having to favour one side of your mouth for chewing foods, then that side may eventually wear down faster than the side with the defective teeth. Crowding of teeth will affect the health of your gums as flossing in crowded areas is harder to do properly. Teeth grinding in particular is a serious condition that will negatively effect your teeth in later life if you avoid treatment. It accelerates the natural wear and tear of your teeth, can cause chips in your incisors, and can make your teeth extremely sensitive to temperature.
Sensitive teeth is another major contributor to tooth pain during eating. Have you ever bitten into an apple and felt a sharp pain shoot through your tooth? It can be extremely painful for some people, so they may avoid foods that they enjoy. The cause of sensitive teeth is the exposure of the tooth’s ‘dentin’, tiny tubes that directly stimulate pain in the tooth’s nerve upon exposure to pressure and temperature. The cause of the dentin becoming exposed is due to a variety of reasons, such as gum disease, overbrushing and tooth decay (to name a few).
Many people don’t realise it, but the condition of your teeth will impact heavily on your day-to-day life. It is so important that you keep up with your oral health by brushing twice a day with a soft toothbrush, flossing properly and seeing our dentists for a checkup every six months. At Clear Choice Dental, our team are experienced in giving advice in maintaining optimum oral health so that you may enjoy the foods you love for years to come.
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