I cannot stress enough how your mouth can affect the rest of your body and today I’m looking again at the issue of soft foods because of their potential to introduce chaos to your body. Throughout life, people experience a never-ending evolution to their physical and emotional selves. From exercise and one’s place in the environment to friendships, the human experience always is affected by ongoing change.
One of the most important is diet. As we age, our nutritional needs evolve and our physical bodies, especially our mouths, become an increasingly important factor to our overall quality of life.
If you have issues with your mouth, they can lead to easily identifiable problems such as cavities or tooth loss but also can be behind an unconscious change in eating habits that are quick to become a detriment to your overall health. You all too quickly can make an accommodation for a loose denture or bridge, a chipped tooth or even sensitive teeth with a change of diet that’s not always to your benefit.
As one ages, a person needs to be particularly careful about issues such as the gradual shift to softer foods. Eating softer foods can all too easily increase one’s intake of foods high in sugar content. Further, age can also affect how our body processes nutrients – even seeing absorption into the system in a reduced manner.
In a specific example, as a person ages, it doesn’t mean there is less need for protein or nutrients. However, as we grow older, our bodies do not always absorb nutrients and vitamins the way they did when we were younger. For example, calcium is very important to bone health and as a preventative to bone loss, but as we age the body has a decreased ability to absorb it.
In the end, make sure you have excellent communication with your doctor about issues such as nutrition, but make sure that you have the same kind of excellent communication with your dentist because your diet is key to all these components of aging and it all starts with your mouth.
If you don’t have a dentist, consider calling the full-service Naples Implant and Laser Dental Center (239-261-8200). We can help you take care of your mouth.