The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that individuals in the United States, on average in the age range of 20 to 64, have 25.5 teeth in their mouth, while 2.2% of Americans have no teeth at all in their mouth. There are many reasons why a person missing teeth may not have them replaced, including fear of the dentist, not knowing what options can remedy the problem, or feeling like the cost could be a limiting factor. Regardless of the reason, the longer one goes on without fixing just one missing tooth, the worse the problem will get. This is true not just for the look of one’s smile but also for the shape and structure of one’s face, the integrity of other teeth, and one’s overall health and wellness.
Missing one tooth is a serious situation, but missing all of one’s teeth is even worse. And when a person is missing all of their teeth and does not move forward with dental restoration, they may find ways to around this and still attempt to eat. This is not a good idea and can come with other health implications if it is allowed to go on too long.
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If you have gotten into the habit of eating without dentures or teeth, you are putting your health at risk. First, your gums and jaw were not designed to take on the job of your teeth. When jaw bone and gums are put to the test to chew, they will have to work very hard to break food down. When you consider that natural teeth have a bite force that can be as much as 250 pounds, when you have no teeth in your mouth, you will have a considerably harder time chewing your food. And, even though dentures only offer a fraction of the force natural teeth provide at around 50 pounds, this is still something.
As you use your gums and jaw to take on the role of teeth eventually you will feel the pain of all of that extra effort. You may develop constant jaw pain or temporomandibular joint disorder and even suffer from gum infections. The jawbone itself will also be vulnerable to damage and can break.
Beyond the damage to the mouth that will happen when eating is done in the absence of teeth other body systems can also be affected. Consider the gastrointestinal system where food is digested. When you are chewing without teeth, you will be much less effective at actually grinding the food down to be properly digested. As a result, you may not be able to get the nutrition you need from your food and indigestion can lead to bacterial overgrowth in your colon.
Missing teeth can have far-reaching implications on one’s health, but there are treatments out there that can fix this problem. For more information, please call the San Marcos restoration dentist at McBride Dental to schedule a free consultation at (760) 471-1003.