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How Missing Teeth Can Affect Your Nutrition

Here at Sheen Dental we’ve been effectively fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years and throughout this time we’ve seen a steady growth of younger people coming to us with missing or broken teeth. Much of this may be down to a changing lifestyle coupled without nation’s love of fast foods and all things sweet. The issue is that when someone experiences missing teeth it can have an impact on their nutrition, which in turn can lead to other health problems. Let’s take a look at how.

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Inability to extract necessary nutrients

For those with missing teeth, even if they do eat the right foods they might not be extracting all the nutrients that they should. The reason for this is that when food is chewed properly, it’s broken down in such a way that the body can extract all it needs, as it passes through the digestive system. Clearly when insufficient chewing occurs, then this doesn’t happen. Moreover, when food isn’t broken down properly it often stays undigested. As a result bacteria often breed as it feeds off any undigested food. This in turn can lead to indigestion and other problems.

Eating softer foods

It’s understandable that for anyone with fragile or missing teeth, or indeed those with loose fitting dentures, softer foods are likely to be their preferred choice. While some soft foods such as fish, porridge and banana are good for you, there are many that aren’t. In fact a good majority of the foods that we deem to be healthy such as lean meat, raw vegetables, apples, nuts/seeds require considerably more chewing. Consequently those who have suffered tooth loss may be consciously or subconsciously limiting their food choices to the detriment of their health,

How dental implants can help

Unlike dentures dental implants aren’t going to become loose over time. They look, feel, and even act just like your normal teeth. As a result a patient who has undergone treatment for a dental implant in Richmond for example, should feel safe in the knowledge that they can eat the type of foodstuffs that they want to eat rather than being dictated to by their teeth.

The truth is that missing teeth and poor nutrition often go hand-in-hand and for this reason many people seek alternative methods of tooth replacement such as dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we offer a free, no-obligation consultation whereby potential patients can visit us and get all their questions and concerns answered before making an informed decision. So why not book yours today? Call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at and take the first steps towards changing your life for the better.


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