Rockwall Oral Surgery

Tooth Loss and Inflammation

Is what you are eating contributing to tooth loss? If you have lost one or more teeth, your diet and how it contributes to your overall health may be a factor. It may also be beneficial for you to talk to your dental implant specialist about your diet and what foods can negatively or positively affect your oral health.

Inflammation Is Important

Over the last few years, inflammatory foods have been linked to negative consequences for your mouth. Inflammatory foods can cause gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Some researchers have also found that eating an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce the risk of tooth loss and reduce the risk of developing gum disease.

Foods that cause inflammation can also increase your risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke and gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Some studies have connected these conditions to poor oral health and poor hygiene practices, such as skipping brushing and flossing regularly.

Foods that have anti-inflammatory benefits include those with high levels of vitamin D, foods rich in fiber and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. We also suggest that you avoid foods high in sugar, highly processed foods and fast foods. Also, look out for foods high in complex carbohydrates, trans fats and calories. Foods high in sugar, like sodas, desserts, breads and chips, can also contribute to the development of cavities and tooth decay, which can eventually also cause tooth loss.

Foods that are anti-inflammatory include:

  • Berries
  • Broccoli 
  • Avocado
  • Green or black tea
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries
  • Whole grains
  • Chocolate

Tooth-Replacement Options

If you’ve lost a tooth and are interested in learning about tooth-replacement options, Dr. Pollock can help. Dental implants are an excellent tooth-replacement option for individuals missing one or more teeth.

The benefits of dental implants include:

Looks. Dental implants look just like your natural teeth so you can feel great about your appearance and confident about your smile. 
Function. Dental implants allow you to bite, chew and speak with confidence. 
Feel. Many patients report that their dental implants feel just like natural teeth; the material used to make dental implants is very similar to tooth enamel. 
Durability. Dental implants are made of strong and durable materials and are designed to last decades with proper care.

Do you want to learn more about the benefits of dental implants? Call Dr. Kevin Pollock in Rockwall today at (469)264-8921 for more information or to schedule a consultation.