Many people only think of dentures that take up an entire bottom or top row of the mouth, but partial dentures also exist. Nearly 60% of participants in a prevention.com survey reported that they did not expect to need dentures because they took good care of their teeth. However, dentures are more prevalent than you might think. About 20 million women age 40 and above wore partial or full dentures as of 2009 and that percentage has continued to grow. By 2020, professionals expect the number of people with dentures to rise by more than four million. For this reason, you might need to pay attention to your own teeth for signs of a problem on the horizon.
No matter your reason for putting off an appointment, you simply cannot continue to ignore your dental responsibilities. Twice-yearly visits to your dental professional should keep gum disease and tooth decay in check and these are the two most common reasons that people lose teeth. Small problems caught early should require minimal effort to fix but a problem put off may compound into something far costlier and more frustrating.
Red, Swollen Gums
These are the classic symptoms of gingivitis and you might eventually need partial dentures if you allow swelling, red, tender, or bleeding gums to go unchecked. Gum disease cases make up approximately 70% of adult tooth loss and three out of four people have gingivitis at one point in their lives. Fortunately, you can help to avoid the need for dentures by taking care of your teeth right now. The right precautions, a daily cleaning routine, and regular visits should allow you to avoid a serious problem altogether and keep your smile beautiful, straight, and complete.
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