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Posted on 5/25/2016 by Dr. Call
|The first step in digestion takes place in your mouth. Your teeth will break down and chew food, and the saliva contains enzymes that will start the digestive process.
For this reason, it is important that you ensure your teeth are healthy, as your digestive system will depend on it.
How Teeth Function in Digestion
Adults will have 28-32 teeth on average, depending on whether or to they have their wisdom teeth. Each type of tooth will have a different function in order to aid in the initial stages of digestion:
Chewing the food properly will signal your saliva to begin the breakdown process, and you'll need to have healthy, straight teeth in order to get optimal efficiency.
If you've ever experienced a toothache, you know from past experience that it can be difficult to eat and chew if you are in pain. Additionally, missing teeth, infection, and misalignment can all have a negative effect on proper chewing and the breakdown of foods, which will ultimately impact your ability to properly digest the things that you eat.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health.