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Enjoying Summer Foods with Dental Implants

July 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — jsmydentaloffice @ 2:16 pm
Serving grilled corn on the cob during summer

Of the many things you’re probably looking forward to this summer, getting to enjoy your favorite seasonal foods is probably high on the list. Of course, if you have missing teeth, or if you rely on dentures to eat, you may be worried that you’ll have trouble eating tough steaks and other difficult to chew meals. Fortunately, dental implants in Beverly Hills are a game changer when it comes to biting and chewing. Read on to learn how these state-of-the-art tooth replacements can affect your diet and what summer foods they’ll let you put on your plate.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants for Eating?

Compared to dentures that might slip or fall out when you’re trying to chew, dental implants always stay firmly in place thanks to the bond they share with your jawbone. A process called osseointegration causes the metal post and the bone tissue to fuse together, which allows the implant to act as a new tooth root. This substantially increases the chewing power of your new teeth, making it easier to eat tougher foods. And since there’s no slipping, you don’t have to worry about eating becoming a needlessly difficult task.

Can You Really Eat Anything with Dental Implants?

It’s true that dental implants allow you to eat virtually anything that you would be able to safely chew with your natural teeth. However, there are some foods that can potentially cause problems if you’re not careful; you can still eat them if you want, but it’s best to take precautions. Below is a list of common summer foods that you can enjoy with implants provided that you make a few adjustments:

  • Hot Dogs: Be mindful of how many hot dogs you grab off the grill. They’re very high in saturated fat, and that means they can contribute to gum disease – a prime risk factor for implant failure. A hot dog every once in a while likely won’t lead to disaster, but they’re best enjoyed in moderation.
  • Corn on the Cob: Unlike dentures, dental implants make it possible to enjoy corn on the cob during the summer. However, it’s actually best to cut off the kernels first, as they’re more likely to become lodged between your implant and your natural teeth if you eat them directly off the cob.
  • Crunchy Vegetables: While you should be able to eat crunchy vegetables just fine with dental implants, they’ll be much easier to enjoy after they’ve been grilled and placed on a kabob.
  • Sugary Snacks: Try not to overindulge on ice cream or other sugary treats this summer. If you want something sweet, help yourself to strawberries, watermelon, or other fruits instead.

Check with your dentist about your summer eating habits to see if there are any changes you need to make to keep your implants safe. Don’t worry; once the posts have fully integrated with your jaw and have been restored, they’ll help you get the absolute most out of the season.

About the Author

At My Dental Office of Beverly Hills, three dentists focus on providing quality dentistry that has been fully personalized for each and every patient. When you schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants, they will always take the time to help you explore all of your options, and they’ll give you tips for taking care of implants on a daily basis. If you have gaps in your smile that you’d like to fill, set up an appointment with us by visiting our website or calling (310) 277-3451.

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