Is it possible to go your whole life without dentures or implants? Yes, barring physical trauma, most people do have some measure of control over this aspect of their lives.
However, it is not plain and simple. Each person has to work to varying degrees to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
There are some, but a very few, who will have trouble no matter what. For the rest, they will run a large range over what it takes to keep their gums healthy.
The sad part is that many people do not realize that they have the power to fight this problem. But even worse than that is that most people are not even aware they have the problem at all. Some still do not know even after having lost one or more teeth.
It is tragic to believe that it is an aging problem. It is not. It is a disease problem.
With a little understanding and effort, most people have a good chance. Even dental professionals will tell you that what you do at home is the biggest determining factor. They know that they will only see you a few times per year.
However, the fight against gum disease is a battle that must be fought on a daily basis. They can give you expensive treatments to try and repair the damage. But, many times those treatments would never be needed if people were armed with some basic understandings.
So, what can be done beyond the brushing and flossing that everyone is familiar with?
Using an oral irrigator like the hydrofloss is certainly a good choice. In my opinion this instrument saved me from an advanced treatment that the dentist wanted me to have. Later, I learned that many others have had an experience like mine.
There are other tools, different from the hydrofloss that are helpful too. Many of these appear in the book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease which can be found online at various stores.
In the end, you have more power over you dental health than you might imagine. Your understanding and diligence are going to help determine whether you avoid needing a new and artificial set of teeth. Take action today.