When you get dentures, it can have an impact on your entire digestive system. One annoying problem that many people experience because of dentures is gassiness. People experience an increase in belching and flatulence as a result of their dentures, especially if those dentures are poorly fitting.
There are four main causes of gassiness that people experience. First, when eating, we all swallow a certain amount of air. This is called aerophagia, and that swallowed gas has to escape somewhere, either as a belch or flatus.
Related to this problem is when you eat foods that have gas dissolved in them. Most often, this is carbonated beverages, such as sodas and beer.
Another problem is that some foods are hard for our bodies to digest and typically can’t be broken down until they reach the lower digestive tract. This is true of some of the foods that are commonly associated with flatulence, like beans, cabbage, and broccoli.
Some people experience gassiness related to medical conditions that affect their ability to digest certain foods. People with lactose intolerance or celiac disease can get gassy from consuming milk or gluten, respectively.
Finally, some medications can make you gassy. Medications that can cause gassiness include the cholesterol medication cholestyramine or the diet drug orlistat. These drugs cause gas dissolved in the bloodstream to come out of solution, leading to belching and flatulence.
Dentures are supposed to replace your teeth in everything, especially in chewing, but many cheap dentures or old dentures don’t chew very effectively because the fit is so poor. This leads to a lot of larger particles of food going down your throat, along with a lot of air.
The large food particles can give you an upset stomach, as well as pass more undigested through your digestive tract, leading to flatulence. The gulped air you swallow can be passed either as belching or flatulence.
If you are experiencing stomach discomfort or gassiness you think might be related to poor denture fit. Our high end dentures not only look great, they fit better than conventional or economy dentures.
And if you are really looking for secure dentures, implant dentures will hold firmly in your mouth and function just like your natural teeth so you can chew effectively and avoid gassiness.
To learn more about great-fitting denture options in Philadelphia, please call for an appointment with a denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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