June 5, 2023
Dental implants have many merits, and if you’ve been looking into them recently you’ve probably heard plenty of them. One that doesn’t get mentioned enough is just how natural dental implants feel—they merge with the jawbone so seamlessly that they function almost like just another part of your body.
In fact, just like the rest of your body, there are changes that you can make to your diet that will provide your dental implants with additional strength and support. Here are some aspects of nutrition that may change how it feels to eat with your dental implant.
What Is Important to Supporting Dental Implant Health?
As you may have guessed, the fact that dental implants are secured into the jaw means that it’s crucially important for the jaw to be strong enough to support them. This has to do with your overall bone health, which is strongly affected by the quality of your diet.
It’s also important to protect your dental implants from disease and infection. Good dental hygiene is the most critical thing here, but eating the right things can also give your immune system a boost.
A Diet For Bone Health
The two nutrients most important to healthy bones are calcium and vitamin D, both of which can be found abundantly in the diet. Calcium is the nutrient actually used in building up bone tissue, while vitamin D allows for easier absorption of that calcium.
If you want to increase your intake of these nutrients, try eating more of these foods:
- Fatty fish, including salmon and tuna
- Fortified dairy products
- Fortified cereals
- Leafy greens
- Fortified orange juice
A Diet For Immunity
The immune system is remarkably complicated, and if we understood it completely we would be able to prevent disease from ever being a problem for anyone. While that isn’t necessarily the case now, we do have evidence that certain foods can support immune health. For example:
- Citrus fruits, including oranges and lemons
- Ginger and Turmeric
- Leafy greens
- Certain seeds, like sunflower seeds
- Yogurt, kimchi, and other fermented foods
- Oily fish
- Green tea
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Wardlaw has been practicing dentistry here in Texas for more than a decade, and in all that time he’s maintained the same level of commitment to providing his patients with the highest level of care available anywhere. Dr. Wardlaw received his degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry, and he continues to educate himself to this day. He maintains membership in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
If you have any questions about dental implants, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (817) 572-5115.
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