Can you eat meat without teeth?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat meat without teeth?” We will discuss foods that you should eat if you have no teeth as well as the risks of eating without teeth.

Can you eat meat without teeth?

Yes, you can eat meat without teeth as long as it has been slow cooked such as pulled pork and beef stew. Meats that are cooked over high heat are usually hard and it makes it difficult for people with no teeth such as seniors to chew which further results in digestion issues.

What foods should I consume if I have no teeth?

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a soft food that can be easily consumed by people with no teeth. It is also a healthy breakfast choice as it contains lots of nutrients such as fiber which helps in general gut health such as bowel movement, easy digestion and can prevent constipation.

Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent choice for the provision of high quality protein, calories and also healthy fats. It provides a lot of essential nutrients and if you go for probiotic yogurts you can as well boost tremendously your gut health.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are very tender and require very little effort when chewing. Eggs are also packed with high quality fats. Eggs are also very easy to prepare even for people with very busy schedules.

Stewed meats

People without teeth do not have to give up their love of meat. They can consume meats that have been slow cooked at low temperatures until they fall apart. Some examples of such meats include corned beef, pulled pork and beef stew.

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes require almost zero chewing effort. They are also very healthy if you include the skins and reduce the cream. In essence, a meal that contains potatoes, potato skins and butter provides all the essential vitamins and minerals.

Baked Fish

If fish is well baked it will soften up so that it just flakes apart as you eat it. Fish is also a very nutritious source of healthy omega 3 fats and high quality protein. Take care to avoid any crunchy coatings such as fried breading or crushed nut topping.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches are another great option to eat without teeth. You can go for a jelly or jam without sugar, peanut butter without nuts or some whole wheat bread so that you can reap the health benefits they provide and also easily digestible sandwiches.

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed vegetables are usually loaded with a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Vegetables  are also very soft and easy to swallow after they have been boiled and steamed. They provide the body with fiber which helps with bowel movement and general gut health and are also tasty.

Beans

Beans are an excellent source of fiber and protein, and when they are cooked long enough, they become soft enough to be eaten and allow for easy digestion. They acn as well be incorporated in a variety of recipes such as refried beans, black bean soup, and baked beans.

What are the risks of eating without teeth?

Bone Loss

You might get bone loss if you continuously eat without teeth. The bone ridges of the jaw line will start wearing off. This is because you are exerting so much pressure than they can ordinarily handle. 

The jawline will eventually succumb to the pressure and start receding resulting in permanent bone loss. This is even more dangerous as it limits your choices of getting dental implants because of poor bone structure. 

Gastrointestinal problems

Not chewing food may also bring about digestive issues. As earlier mentioned chewing assists break down food into particles that are easily absorbed by the colon for digestion and also allows the body to easily absorb nutrients.

If you are not chewing food large particles go to the digestive system and bacteria ends up growing. The bacteria feed on the large particles, and you may end up experiencing flatulence and indigestion symptoms.

Lack of Enough Saliva Production

Saliva assists in lubricating the food for easy swallowing and movement down the digestive tract. It as well contains an enzyme known as amylase which helps in digestion of starch in the mouth. 

Saliva is produced by salivary glands which are usually stimulated by the chewing process. So, if you are missing teeth to chew, saliva won’t be produced at a sufficient quantity resulting in more digestion problems.

Improper Enzymes Production

When you chew food, the taste receptors usually send a signal to your lower digestive system to release enzymes required for digestion. If food is not chewed there will be poor production of the enzymes necessary for food digestion. This means that the digestion process will not take place properly.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “Can you eat meat without teeth?” We have discussed foods that you should eat if you have no teeth as well as the risks of eating without teeth.

Citations

https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/health/foods-seniors-no-teeth-chewing-healthy-food-nutrients-7775209/

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.