Our love affair with food…
When it comes to seasonal satisfaction we all have our barometers. Even though we promised not to say anything negative about this summer (given the terribly long and cold winter we had), most of us have been disappointed with the amount of wind and rain we’ve had so far.
Last week a patient of ours told us that one way she judges her summer is by how good the corn on the cob was that season. We had to laugh at the truth of this statement because there are some seasonal foods that we all look forward to. One bad crop doesn’t only translate into higher food prices, it can also leave a produce tasting inferior and that is always a disappointment.
Another disappointment is when the foods we love are not compatible with our present dental conditions. As we age teeth can shift and gum pockets can form making some foods more difficult to enjoy. We then begin to omit them from our diet or make adjustments to how we eat them.
Going back to the corn story, one of our staff members passes judgment on the summer based on her experience with the corn that season also. She has a vivid memory of her denture-wearing father having to cut the corn off of it’s cob with a knife before eating it. She felt sorry for him since, to her, biting into the cob was almost as enjoyable as the taste and separating the two greatly diminished the experience. So immense was her love of corn on the cob that watching this ritual of her father’s play out again and again each summer made her vow that she would keep her teeth forever.
Cute story, but there are some things in life that we love and cherish. Their loss greatly affects our enjoyment and quality of life. If you do not necessarily place any value on your experience with food nor have had any past difficulties with biting and chewing then it would be difficult to relate to just how important an issue this can be for others.
Many people cannot enjoy a simple meal, let alone a favourite food item, and that can translate into a health issue. Nutritional deficiencies can be problematic amongst people with eating complications. Food traps in the mouth can cause the accumulation and impaction of food debris around the teeth and under the gum line and dental issues can eventually develop. You would never know just how important good chewing function is until you have suffered it’s impairment.
Not all Teeth are Created Equal
Anterior teeth are not designed to function as molars, but often that’s just exactly what people with missing molars use them for. Eventually, these slender, single-rooted teeth begin to breakdown also. We’ve blogged about the dental solutions that are available for those suffering from complications that can occur in the mouth and teeth, but only when you have had an insufferable situation remedied would you ever be able to appreciate just how valuable stable teeth can be.
Restoring your ability to eat means more than just restoring teeth – it means restoring and improving your quality of life. Whether you are looking for a remedy to a minor problem or have a more complicated dental issue the professional team at Your Smile Dental Care have been helping patients find solutions for their dental dilemmas for over 30 years.
If you would like to schedule a consultation or are just looking for an experienced 2nd opinion we will be happy to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your oral healthcare needs.
Yours in better dental health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team