According to recent studies and surveys regarding the possibility of getting dentures at some point in time in their lives, roughly 60% of the individuals surveyed felt that they would not need them based how well they take care of their natural teeth. However, in reality, dentures are more prevalent than what most individuals think. Do you know what your chances are of keeping your natural teeth?
If you are not sure, here are some warning signs that indicate the possibility of needing dentures in the future:
• You don’t visit the dentist twice a year for biannual cleanings and check-ups
• You get toothaches fairly regularly
• You have already experienced tooth loss and may be missing two or more teeth
• You have difficulties eating chewy or hard foods
• You have recurring indigestion or stomach aches
• You’re very self-conscious about smiling
• Your gums bleed or tend to get red, swollen, and tender
• Your teeth have gaps between them or they are loose and tend to shift
The specialists at Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square and Shine Dental Associates in Syosset know that tooth decay and tooth loss does not happen overnight. But dentures do not have to be in your future if you practice proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist every 6 months. The reality is that the prevention of tooth decay and tooth loss is something that only you can control.
Additionally, tooth loss can result from trauma such as biting into something you shouldn’t, falling and hitting your teeth, or using your teeth to open something. Common sense tells us that we should only be using our teeth for chewing and yet we fail to listen to this.
Try to avoid using your teeth to:
• Break thread or twine.
• Chew on certain office supplies such as paper clips or pens.
• Crack kernels, nuts, or shells.
• Hold hangers with your mouth and teeth.
• Loosen knots.
• Remove a cap from food or other household product.
You may also be at higher risk for eventually needing dentures if you suffer with arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension. If you have poor eating habits or if you are a smoker, you could also be putting your natural teeth at risk. If you have been concerned about the need for dentures, we would like to schedule an appointment with you in order to evaluate your teeth and determine a course of action.