Is There a Link Between missing Teeth and Missing Nutrition?
Figures compiled by the US based National Institute of Craniofacial Research (NICR) show that an astonishing 5% of Americans aged between 20-64 have no natural teeth whatsoever. Here in the UK research also shows a worrying trend towards this and experts have stated that those people who lead hectic busy lives, coupled with poor diets are far more at risk. There is probably no surprise then that in recent years there has also been an uptake in people undergoing surgery for dental implants. In Richmond here at Sheen Dental we deal with many people who are looking for a solution to their missing teeth and one of the questions we often get asked is does missing teeth affect my nutritional intake?
Good nutrition begins with mastication
There is no denying the fact that good nutrition begins with the chewing (mastication) process. When we swallow food without it being sufficiently broken down, it can stay undigested in the gut for longer periods of time. This can breed bacteria in the colon which in turn leads to indigestion and a whole host of other issues. Aside from this, proper or sufficient chewing extracts much needed nutrients from the foods which are then absorbed into the body so that it can function properly.
Missing teeth may mean an altered diet
Those people who have experienced missing teeth and even certain restorative measures such as dentures may opt for softer, easier to chew foods as a way of making life easier. Whilst it’s fair to say that not all soft foods are nutritionally deficient, many nutrition laden foods such as lean meats raw vegetables, fruits and nuts are by their very nature harder to chew and these are the foods which many avoid
How dental implants can improve the way you eat?
When it comes to modern teeth replacement, there’s nothing that’s more natural looking and permanent than a dental implant. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we tell people that implants have the ability to change your life for the better and that means amongst other things your diet! No longer do you have to be limited to what you eat. Instead you can bite on that apple, or chew on a lean piece of meat, safe in the knowledge that your implants aren’t going to come loose or fall out. I fact when you have implants fitted you can pretty much eat what you like, when you like!
As you can see if you’re considering dental implants in Richmond, then not only will you be improving your overall looks, confidence and appearance, you’ll also be improving your all-round health too. Contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free consultation today.