Bone once lost is unfortunately usually impossible to replace, so it is especially important to know why bone loss occurs. Bone loss can cause you to lose teeth, among other problems. The good news, however, is that you can be proactive and work to prevent bone loss from occurring in the first place. Not all bone loss can be prevented, but even eliminating certain causes increases your chances to avoid the problems bone loss brings.
Gum Disease is a Major Cause
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a major contributor to bone loss. Periodontitis occurs most commonly due to infrequent or ineffective cleaning of the teeth, which allows bacteria to infect the gums and eat away at the teeth. The disease can lead to the deterioration of the gums and bone. To avoid developing periodontitis, be sure to brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and use a mouth wash. If you do develop gum disease, call us. The sooner periodontitis is treated, the less bone loss you will experience.
Gum disease is not the only cause of bone loss. Dentures can also lead to bone loss, by failing to sufficiently stimulate the bone on which they are placed, causing the bone to corrode. Osteoporosis, a disease where bones to lose mass and break easily, can also lead to bone loss in your jaw. The use of certain kinds of steroids, too, can cause bone loss as a side effect.
While certain conditions, such as osteoporosis, develop largely due to biological factors that have little to do with any of your life choices, most of the occurrence of bone loss can be prevented. Indeed, periodontitis can be easily prevented with proper cleaning habits. If you want to be proactive to protect your oral health, give us a call, and let us help.