Posted on 1/15/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
People look at the bones in their body as something that is very hard. They may realize that it is possible to break bone, but they may not think about whether the bone can disappear over time. It is hard for people to understand that it is possible to suffer bone loss. When it comes to the jaw, there are many reasons that people lose bone mass. That bone loss can affect them in different ways.
Reasons for Bone Loss in the Jaw
Bone loss around the jaw is commonly related to oral health. Good oral health is a key to preventing the bone loss. When a person suffers different problems with their teeth and gums, they put the bones of the jaw at risk.
The mouth is full of bacteria. The bacteria can cause problems with the teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene habits help remove the bacteria and prevent the buildup of bacteria that form plaque and tartar. Problems with plaque and tartar lead to tooth decay, loose or lost teeth, cavities and gum disease. The bacteria can lead to a chronic state of infection of the teeth and gums. All these things can contribute to the loss of bone in the jaw.
The Jaw Changes as You Get Older
It is hard to stop all the effects of the aging process. The structure of the jaw changes over time. Part of this is because of the oral health care that people take and part of it is the inevitable process of getting older. There are many ways that people can improve their oral health. Following a healthy diet that includes extra vitamins and minerals essential to bone health is one way to prevent bone loss. Getting regular dental checkups at our office is another way. Not doing these things can speed up the process of bone loss in the jaw.
We are ready to help with all your oral health needs. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.