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Dangers Associated with Chewing Directly on Your Gums

Posted on 6/13/2018 by JJ Perkiomaki
Chewing On Gums Ashley Bennett DDS and J.J. Perkiomaki DMD PC OR 97221Living without teeth has its challenges, that's for certain, but did you know that if you opt not to wear dentures that there are health risks associated with that choice? When some or all of your teeth are missing, it may seem like an easy choice to live without dentures, but it affects your health more than you may be aware.

Before you sit down to your next meal, let's look at some of the health risks associated with eating without teeth or dentures.

What You Need To Know
Chewing directly on your gums greatly increases your risk for developing gum disease. It can lead to infection as the gums are not designed to bite directly into food and don't provide the proper bite force. When you bite with teeth or dentures, the force is around 250 pounds, while simply gumming your food is only about 100 pounds of pressure.

This can lead to pain, bleeding, irritation and infection in your gums. We have also seen many patients without teeth or dentures who develop TMJ, an inflammation of the joint of the jaw. These complications are a direct result of too much pressure on the gum area and missing teeth.

Bone reabsorption is another side effect of missing teeth or dentures. This is simply the weakening and recession of the jaw bone and without teeth or dentures, there is not enough pressure on certain areas of the jawbone. This causes the pressure to be distributed unevenly, which results not only in TMJ, but the weakening of the jawbone.

If you are missing one or all of your teeth, we encourage you to call our office and set up a consultation. These dangers that we've discussed today are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dangers associated with chewing directly on your gums. Our staff will be more than happy to work with you and prevent any further complications due to missing teeth.

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