Posted on 5/15/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
There are a lot of great tasty and healthy soft foods to enjoy Eating a bowl of ice cream or getting some healthy yogurt an seem like a treat. While soft foods are a good thing, some people rely on these foods too much.
Following a diet that consists of just soft foods can hurt your teeth and jaw. Many people are not aware of why it is a bad idea to eat only soft foods and need to learn what the dangers are.
Reasons for a Soft Food Diet
There are reasons that a person would turn to a soft food diet. It is common after oral surgery for a person to only eat soft foods. This allows the body to heal from the surgery without causing more damage. Some people turn to a liquid diet to help them lose weight. In both cases, the soft food diet is temporary. Once a person has recovered from the surgery or lost the weight, they can return to a normal diet.
What Can Happen? Some people continue with the soft food diet. They may decide that they don't want to risk something happening if they eat food that is not soft. They may have pain that does not go away and feel that soft food is the only relief they have.
When they continue a soft food diet, they stop giving their jaw muscles the exercise they need to remain healthy. Soft food also does not put any pressure on the teeth. Without the pressure that comes from harder food, the teeth may not remain as healthy as they should. The same is true for the gums. A soft food diet puts the health of teeth, gum and jaws at risk.
The body needs a varied diet to provide it with all the nutrition and health benefits it wants. While there are reasons for a soft food diet, there are not reasons to follow this for extended periods of time.
For more information about this or other oral health issues, contact our office to schedule an appointment.