Have you ever grown so frustrated with your dentures that you considered doing away with them altogether? If so, may have wondered how living without dentures would affect your health. Unfortunately, as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, notes, tooth loss can negatively affect your health in a couple of ways. First, having no dentures severely limits the foods that you can consume. In fact, people who suffer tooth loss sometimes suffer malnutrition as a result of their avoiding certain foods. Without teeth, people will often ignore vegetables and even many proteins, relying instead on a diet that is heavy in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, carbohydrates alone do not constitute a healthy diet. They also feed oral bacteria, which can cause further oral health problems. Lastly, without teeth, the food that arrives in the stomach may not be broken down adequately. Thus, the body has a more difficult time extracting nutrients from the food, creating nutrition problems.