Did you know that one of the quickest and easiest ways to care for your dental implants throughout the day is by taking a closer look at the foods you are eating? Dr. Altschuler and the rest o his staff at Altschuler Periodontic & Implant Center in Gainesville, FL would like to share with you a few quick tips on how to care for your dental implants using something we all love; food! Those of our patients who are financing their own treatment should be especially interested in this short list of dental implant friendly foods below.
Many of our patients approach staff members after the dental implants process has been completed looking for additional tips on how to care for their new smiles. What many people do not seem to know is that the food you eat every day can play a major role in not only the health of your mouth and as whole, but the success of your dental implants. For this reason, we have decided to put together a short list of the easiest and most accessible munchies you can grab hold of today to help out your smile.
Get Those Nine Servings A Day!
There is are numerous reasons that primary physicians suggest people get nine servings of fresh fruits and veggies a day. However, we are not here to talk about those reasons. Today we are here to talk about oral hygiene and how those nine servings can actually help improve yours.
One of the key elements in a successful dental implant story is maintaining good oral hygiene. This is because oral hygiene dramatically affects the health of your gums. Your gums, along with your jawbone, are what’s holding those dental implants in place.
Alright, now that we know a little more about the mechanics of your dental implant(s) we can talk food. Fruits and veggies contain something called fiber. Fiber is a natural facilitator for the production of saliva in your mouth. What we mean by this is that when you eat these foods your mouth isn’t just watering because they taste so good. Your mouth is watering because more saliva is being produced in it.
Saliva does something amazing to bacteria. It has the ability to keep portions of it suspended in a type of liquid prison. When you have a dry mouth, those portions of bacteria would have otherwise just been sitting on your teeth and gums accumulating more bacteria and possibility leading to additional problems that can put dental implant success as risk (think gum disease).
Anyways, when your mouth has a healthy amount of saliva in it, and you swallow, those portions of imprisoned bacteria are sent down into your tummy and digestive tract. It just so happens that your digestive tract is much better suited for effectively handling and dealing with bacteria than your teeth and gums are. There’s a reason people say “You’ve got guts!” Your guts are pretty tough.
A Few of the Most Fiberific Foods
Now that we understand what a boon fiber can be for your teeth, gums and dental implants lets take a looks at a few of the foods that pack a fiber filled punch.
- Artichokes: 10.3 grams per medium vegetable, cooked
- Broccoli: 5.1 grams per boiled cup
- Peas: 8.8 grams per cooked cup
- Brussels Sprouts: 4.1 grams per cup, boiled
- Raspberries: 8 grams per cup raw
- Blackberries: 7.6 grams per cup raw
- Pears: 5.5 grams per medium fruit, raw
- Avocado: 6.7 grams per half fruit, raw
Above are just a few of the many fruits and veggies that contain fiber. However, there are plenty of other options out there like lentils, beans, and oatmeal. So go out and do some exploring. Eat healthily and be merry!
Until next time readers, keep smiling.