Dental Implants Will Help You Eat Healthier Foods
Hi, all! Welcome back to the dental blog of Clearwater Dental Associates, where we make it our goal to keep you up to date and well informed about modern dentistry and oral health issues. In our last blog, we wrote about the many health benefits of a diet that is high in fiber.
Dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble, are extremely healthy for the various systems of your body, but if you have unhealthy or missing teeth, then you are going to have a hard time chewing the foods that are rich in dietary fiber.
At our office in Clearwater, FL, we are committed to keeping you healthy, not just your teeth, but all of you. But obviously, we focus on your teeth because that’s where our expertise lie, and the health of your teeth is directly connected to the health of your entire body.
Missing Teeth Make It Hard to Chew
Chewing healthy food, ideally foods that are high in dietary fiber and low in sugar and acid, is one of the best things you can do for your teeth. Doing so increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, as opposed to drinking fruit juices and smoothies, which just concentrate sugar and acid onto your teeth without generating any protective saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against sugar and acid, so removing it from the eating process is bad for your teeth, and could easily lead to tooth decay.
If you are missing some teeth, especially back teeth, or have teeth that are severely decay, then chewing could be a difficult and painful task for you. And unfortunately, once one tooth is gone, the likelihood of your losing more becomes very high. When you have difficulty chewing, you are more likely to choose food that is soft and easy to chew, and these foods are not those great for your teeth. Softer foods tend to be either over processed or loaded with salt and sugar, or both. On top of that, they require less chewing, thus they generate less saliva.
Tooth decay can become a vicious cycle. You avoid healthy foods because they are hard to chew, and because you avoid healthy foods, your tooth decay worse. You have to do something to break the cycle.
Clearwater Dental Associates offers a variety of tooth replacement options that will restore your oral health and allow to make healthier food choices to support your oral health.
Dental Implants in Clearwater, FL
To get your mouth back to the state it was in before the ravages of tooth decay, dental implants are the ways to go. This tooth replacement solution will give you a brand new tooth, from root to crown, and it will look, feel and act just like a natural tooth.
Implant dentistry begins with an examination to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to receive dental implants. Sometimes gum disease and infection must be treated before you can get your implants. This may be as simple as a round of antibiotics or as invasive as a tooth extraction. It depends on the health of your teeth and gums.
Once you are deemed healthy enough for oral surgery, titanium posts will be implanted into your jaw bone. Titanium especially good at bonding with human bone, which makes it the material of choice for most implant posts. When the implants have healed, and fully bonded with your jaw bone, we will place high quality dental crowns on top of the posts, creating a new tooth.
Since the implant posts act as roots for your new teeth, they will be strong and stable enough to handle any food. Chewing will not be a problem, so you will be free to eat all the healthy high fiber foods you need to stay healthy. Not to mention, the not so healthy foods you enjoy to eat, in moderation, of course.
The ability to eat whatever you want or need to eat is not just important for maintaining a healthy diet, it is essential for happiness and getting the most out of life.
Let Us Help
Don’t wait to see about getting dental implants. The longer you put up with missing and decayed teeth, the worse it is for your health. There is no point in dealing with the pain.
Come to our office in Clearwater and we will examine for mouth and then consult with you about your implant options.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.