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The One Mineral That Keeps Dental Implants In Longer

Dental Implants, Bone Health Osteoporosis Silica

More and more people are opting for dental implants believing that it's the ultimate solution to replacing lost teeth. While this remains to be seen, one thing is for certain -- a dental implant means stepping up your nutrition and self-care regimen.


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More and More Americans Are Losing Teeth

Statistics provided by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. By age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws according to prosthodontists. 15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth. 3 million have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year.

Dental Implant Longevity Remains To Be Seen

Dental implants are a costly yet popular way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to blend in with real teeth to improve your smile. However, what your dentist isn’t telling you, is that how long your dental implants last is based on your health and self-care habits. This is why dental implant longevity remains to be seen.

While every case is individual, dental implants come with pros and cons, and a certain measure of good health. Patients with chronic illness are often not good candidates for dental implant surgery since the chronic illness that may have had a role in their dental implant surgery may also interfere with their healing. Patients who suffer from osteoporosis and smokers are also poor candidates for implants due to slow healing.

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Here’s How To Get More From Your Dental Implant

Clearly, poor oral hygiene and brushing habits contribute to the failure or success of dental implants. More frequent dental cleanings will be necessary with a dental implant as well as daily use of a water irrigator. These are good practices that help to maintain the health of an implanted tooth.

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Nutrition Matters

Dietary habits are something not usually considered when it comes to healing and maintain the longevity of dental implants, but they’re equally, if not more, important. Nutritional deficiencies play a major role in the success or failure of tooth implants. Poor dietary practices and acidic diets high in animal products tend to deplete the body of calcium, which in turn, can deplete bone health.

Strong Bones Need Silica

Lack of vitamin D can also be a problem when it comes to bone health since exposure to the sun is essential for strong bones. However, while vitamin D supplementation can certainly benefit overall health, the widespread notion that it is one of the most vital supplements is in most cases mistaken.

One reason that dental implants can fail is largely due to a lack of bone density or volume. This is where silica shines. If you are drinking milk or eating dairy products thinking they will help to improve your bone health, you can stop now. These foods actually deplete the body of calcium.

In the China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell uncovered data, which indicated that dairy protein (as well as other animal proteins such as meat) didn’t prevent osteoporotic bone loss and, its consumption led to acidosis and demineralization of the bones.

While calcium and vitamin D supplementation are popular choices of recommendation among healthcare practitioners for bone health, you would do well begin supplementing with silica. Silica is unbeatable for bone-building and bone protection. It also strengthens teeth, hair, and skin, according to research.

Sources of silica can come from foods that are readily available at your supermarket. These include melons, cucumbers, artichokes, asparagus, dandelion and leafy greens. Other sources of silica include wild foods such as nettle leaf, rose hips and horsetail.

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Dental Implants Require Work

Dental implants mean greater self-care. With proper diet, consistent oral hygiene practices and daily intake of silica, whether it be rosehip or nettle tea, from fruit and vegetable sources or from quality bioavailable supplements, you are sure to have an implant that lasts you a lifetime.