What value in sharp teeth?


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My MIL has been avoiding any food that is remotely chewy for the past 20 years, wistfully stating “My teeth aren’t as sharp as they used to be.” Do humans need sharp teeth to chew effectively?
 
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Dr M

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Good day

The natural anatomy of a tooth does contribute to function, but that does not mean that she can't function if the teeth are a bit worn down. I assume she is referring to her own teeth and not dentures?
 
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honestdoc

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People's neuromuscular system for chewing is very adaptable. I'm suspecting your MIL may have TMJ dysfunction and not because of her "dull" teeth.
 

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