Can You Struggle with Gum Disease Without Natural Teeth? Yes!
Posted on 2/10/2019 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
You might assume that if you lose all your natural teeth your worries about oral health disappear. You may think that the danger of gum disease is over without your natural teeth. These assumptions can lead you to making bad choices for your oral health.
You need to learn how you can still struggle with oral health issues such as gum disease even when you have lost your natural teeth.
The Causes of Gum Disease
To understand how you are at risk for gum disease, whether you have lost your natural teeth or not, you first need to understand what causes gum disease. Gum disease is the result of a build-up of bacteria on the teeth and gums.
If the bacteria stays on the teeth and gums it eventually forms plaque. The bacteria in plaque will eventually lead to gum disease. These are some of the things that can cause the bacterial growth that leads to gum disease.
Illnesses - Infections and other medical conditions that impact the immune system can affect the ability to prevent bacterial growth in and around the gums.
Hormonal changes - Puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause create a better environment for bacterial growth.
Medications - Some medications may inhibit the body's ability to stop the bacterial growth.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
There is one thing that you can do to help prevent gum disease from any of these problems. It is also one of the biggest reasons that people suffer from gum disease. Good oral hygiene habits are the best defense against gum disease.
This is true whether you have all your natural teeth, some of your natural teeth or none of them. Good habits include brushing and flossing regularly. For people who have dentures, removing the dentures nightly and thoroughly cleaning them can help prevent gum disease.
The last part of good habits is visiting our offices regularly. A professional cleaning can help everyone and can help spot any possible problems with gum disease at the earliest stages. That makes it easier to do something about it.
Take the time to schedule your next appointment with our dental professionals as you practice good oral hygiene habits.
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