Maintaining a healthy body weight is a vital factor in overall wellness, but it’s challenging to do when you are forced to eat the wrong types of food. Whatever your reasons for it, if you live on soft, easy-to-chew foods, you’re likely to be getting more carbohydrates, sugary meals, and preserved foods than you should. From pasta to mashed potato, the carbs help to pile the weight on, causing you to develop chronic conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. So, what do dental implants in Surrey have to do with this? Actually, quite a lot.
1. Improves Your Ability to Bite
When you have missing teeth, ill-fitting dentures, or partials, it can be difficult to bite into a juicy piece of meat. It’s even harder to crunch down on healthful snacks like raw veggies, salads and fruit, and other foods that provide the fiber our bodies need to function effectively. It’s not impossible, but human nature being what it is, few people in these situations are prepared to spend the time and effort required to chop, mince, puree, or otherwise prepare hard foods so they can eat them.
How much easier it is to simply avoid hard foods and eat meals that don’t take that much work. Unfortunately, those meals are usually higher in calories, lower in fiber, and contain a smaller concentration of the vitamins and minerals needed for good health and weight management. In addition, while dentists advise you to avoid hard foods during dental implant aftercare, once the new teeth are firmly established, you can bite into almost anything that natural teeth can handle.
2. Enables Thorough Chewing
Biting isn’t the only action that requires strong teeth and jawbones. By chewing thoroughly, you break down the food in your mouth, so it travels into your throat and stomach in smaller particles. Dental implants in Surrey enable you to chew better, which helps reduce the stress on your esophagus and enables your stomach to metabolize the food more effectively. But, of course, you still have to eat the right kinds of food for optimal effect, which is where the ability to bite hard foods has an impact.
3. Reduces Digestive Problems
Chewing your food thoroughly encourages the release of saliva that contains digestive enzymes. As these move into your intestines, they help to improve your digestion and avoid issues such as:
- gastric reflux,
- headache, and
- low energy.
Whether you choose to have just one or two implants or select the All-on-4 implant option, improving your digestive function will increase the quantity of nutrients absorbed into your system and ultimately distributed to cells by your blood circulation.
4. Decreases Dependence on “Filler” Foods
When your body doesn’t get enough healthy, raw, and nutrient-filled food, your energy drops, and you begin to crave foods that supply an immediate boost. These are typically high-carbohydrate “filler” type foods such as candies, cake, dairy products, highly processed and fast foods, all of which contain vast quantities of sugar and chemical preservatives. It’s a well-known fact that these foods promote obesity, regardless of how hard you exercise and try to use other measures to avoid gaining weight. Reduce your dependence on unhealthy foods by ensuring you have the good quality care you’ll get from our dental clinic in Surrey BC.
The Bottom Line
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for implants, but if missing and painful teeth impact your eating habits and affect your health, you may be suffering from a higher body weight than you need. Get rid of the excess pounds and improve your overall health and well being by replacing any missing or damaged teeth with a dental implant procedure.
For more information on dental implants in Surrey, please contact our qualified and experienced team to discuss your options and find out whether this is the best solution for you. Click here to schedule an appointment with us.