Damage That Happens to Teeth When You Only Eat Soft Foods
Posted on 4/20/2020 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
There is nothing wrong with including soft foods in your diet. There are plenty of soft foods that will provide your body with the nutrition and satisfaction that it wants. While it is possible to follow a diet that includes only soft foods, that does not mean it is the best choice. Following this type of diet can lead to damage to your teeth that you may or may not expect. For people that think that a soft food diet is a good option, these are the reasons to think about that again.
Why Follow a Soft-Food Diet
There are some legitimate reasons to follow a soft food diet. After many oral surgical procedures, the soft food can help with the recovery. People also turn to soft food because they have pain or difficulty chewing tougher food. It is okay in some instances to turn to a soft food diet, but it is not something to continue for long periods of time. The longer a person follows a soft food diet, the more damage they can cause to their teeth.
The Types of Damage
It is easy to understand how eating a hard piece of candy could end up damaging a tooth. It is not as easy to understand how eating soft food can cause damage. Problems with soft foods arise because they do not stimulate the teeth, gums and jaw bone enough. These areas need the stimulation to remain healthy and strong. It is just like the rest of the body. Exercise is necessary to keep the body strong. Exercising the teeth through the foods you eat is important to their staying healthy and strong. This is not something that will happen overnight. It takes time for the jaw and the teeth to lose their strength, but if a person follows a soft food diet for too long, they are at risk for possible damage.
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