Millions of People Comfortably Wear Dentures

Posted on: March 30, 2015

Dentures Did you know dentures are everywhere? If you were to stop and think about it here are an amazingly high number of people that are wearing dentures all around you. While most of us never think about tooth loss, much less what we would do in that eventuality, there were over 33.6 million people wearing full dentures in the 1990’s. That number has been gradually increasing over the years, and according to the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, there will be around 37 ½ million people wearing full dentures by the year 2020. This does not take into account all the people that will be wearing a partial denture or all the patients that chose other tooth replacement prosthetics. If you need a little bit more perspective consider this. 20 million American women, who are 40 years or older, wear a denture. This is 19% of the total population of all women in the country or just under 1 in 5.

Amazingly, with all the dentures around us, most people still do not consider tooth loss. In fact, it has been found that nearly 60% of the population has never considered losing a tooth or planned for what they would do in that particular eventuality. Tooth loss can happen at any age and for a multitude of reasons.

Despite dentures being in high demand, their relationship to tooth loss makes them something people want to avoid. The chances of you avoiding dentures increases significantly by taking care of your teeth and making sure that you know when to visit the dentist. There are two main reasons why people lose their teeth, three if you count accidents.

The first is age. Typically there is nothing that you can do about age since we all get older, and there is no way to really offset bad genes. However, you can make it easier for us (your dentist) to spot potential problems and deal with them effectively by becoming part of the 53% of Americans that visit the dentist at least twice per year. The more regular you become with dentist visits, the better we can protect your teeth.

The other reason why people lose their teeth is disease. Gum diseases like gingivitis can wreak havoc on the mouth and cause you to lose multiple teeth. A great oral hygiene routine can help with avoiding these kinds of situations, yet only 69% of the population say that they brush their teeth twice a day. It may not sound like more than the standard dentist warnings, but brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is a sure way to avoid needing dentures and other prosthetics.

One thing people need to become more aware of is to not avoid their body’s signs. The body, and the mouth, in particular, has a way of warning you when something isn’t right. Toothaches, bleeding from the gums, stiff jaws, these are all the mouth telling you that it is time to see the dentist. Unfortunately with toothaches being so common, and over 70% of the population suffering from gum bleeding at some point in their life, many of us ignore these symptoms and end up with more severe problems. If you do eventually need dentures we can create the perfect fitting set for you.


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