You Don’t Need Dentures

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“My mom and dad got dentures at the age of 30. I know I will too. It’s just not worth trying to fight it.”

You wouldn’t believe how many times we hear this, but it’s actually not true. Just because your parents lost their teeth early does not mean you have to wind up in the same boat.

The Truth About Tooth Loss

 MYTH: It is a fact of life that once you hit a certain point in the aging process, you will lose your teeth and will be dependent upon dentures for the rest of your life.

Teeth are commonly lost to the ravaging effects of chronic gum disease. The bacteria found in dental plaque are to blame for gum disease. Advanced gum disease is more accurately labeled “periodontitis.” Periodontitis is a disease in which gum tissue becomes inflamed, and the bone and ligaments supporting teeth are broken down. This loss of support results in loss of teeth.

Unfortunately, too many people discover too late the sad condition of their gum health. When teeth are beyond saving, then it’s time to consider dentures and implants.

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wear dentures

Preventing Gum Disease

Periodontitis, in varying stages, affects the majority of Americans at some point in their life, making it one of the most common oral diseases. Gum disease in its beginning stages (gingivitis) can be easily reversed and prevented through adequate plaque control (hint: this means daily brushing and flossing!).

If left unchecked, however, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Aging is not a direct contributor to gum disease, BUT years of no flossing is.

So don’t conclude that you will automatically grow into dentures when you get older. The truth is that you don’t have to!

Know Your Risk
Some known medical conditions such as diabetes are closely linked to periodontal health. A serious underlying medical condition could be making it more difficult for you to control and prevent gum disease. Additionally, research shows that some people are more susceptible to gum disease because of their genetics. Review your risk factors with your dentist and practice excellent oral hygiene now to avoid getting dentures, later!
Your parents may not have had access to the same preventive dental care that you do. Even with a genetic predisposition to gum disease, you can still fight it – and save your smile.

Have more questions? We are ready to help! Contact us at SEDA Dental and make an appointment today!

By | 2017-10-18T19:12:38+00:00 September 4th, 2015|

About the Author:

Sharon has been a Texas Registered Dental Hygienist since 2001. In 2011 she began a career as a dental educator and writer, using her experience and education in the dental field to share information with patients and peers around the globe. In her spare time she enjoys running and has completed 2 marathons so far this year.

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