Having functional teeth is vital to your wellbeing. If you can’t chew properly or experience constant discomfort while eating, nourishing your body becomes that much more difficult. In addition, issues with your teeth and gums can have a major impact on your general health. At our Bryn Mawr dental practice, Dr. Stephen J. Gershberg and our team are committed to helping patients enhance every aspect of their health by helping them enjoy optimal smiles. If you suffer from dental conditions that interfere with your dietary habits, we can provide restorative treatments to help you reclaim the appearance and function of your mouth. Read on to learn more about how our services can help you lose weight and get healthier with dental restorations.
Obesity and Oral Health
Struggling with decayed, broken, or infected teeth can make mealtimes more difficult. If you lack healthy teeth to chew with, especially at the back of your mouth, you may be more likely to eat fattening processed foods rather than nutritious vegetables, fruits, and proteins.
Unfortunately, this could become a vicious cycle for your oral and general wellbeing. A recent Huffington Post article highlighted the link between obesity and gum disease: “Your waistline could have an effect on your oral health, a new review of studies suggests.” Patients who suffer from obesity tend to produce “cytokines, proteins with inflammatory properties,” increasing their risk for periodontal infection. In turn, periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, “is the main reason people lose their teeth,” further exacerbating patients’ dependence on junk food.
To help you maintain a healthier diet, lose weight, and protect your teeth, Dr. Gershberg can perform a variety of restorative dentistry treatments. We can place advanced dental implants to hold a variety of prostheses, perform root canal therapy to save infected teeth from extraction, and cover the remaining portions of damaged teeth with beautiful porcelain dental crowns.
The Dietary Dangers of Ill-Fitting Dentures
A partial or complete denture can replace many, most, or all of your teeth, allowing you to go about your daily life more comfortably and confidently. However, traditional dentures, which simply sit on top of the gums and stay in place with suction, can actually cause further oral health issues. Without direct stimulation to the jawbone, this tissue can begin to deteriorate, causing your denture to become destabilized and shift in your mouth. This can be both uncomfortable and unhealthy, affecting the way you eat and live. In fact, a 2003 study published in the Journal of the American Dietary Association found: “dietary quality and intake of certain nutrients was poorer among the group with self-perceived ill-fitting dentures than among those wearing adequate dentures or those with natural teeth.” To resolve your dietary woes, Dr. Gershberg can perform denture stabilization, upgrading your prosthesis to an implant-supported denture for more effective, cosmetic, comfortable results.
About Your Main Line General Dentist
With over three decades of dental experience and special expertise in restorative treatment, Dr. Gershberg can help you protect and enhance your smile. If you’d like to lose weight and get healthier with dental restorations, contact us by email or call 610-527-6700.