By Astrid Graterol on Nov 30, 2020 @ 11:19 AM
The jawbone is an essential part of your mouth. It provides structure to your facial features and allows you to chew and speak properly. Bone loss in the jaw is common, and it can lead to complications for both your oral and overall health. Some common causes of Jawbone loss include:
- Tooth loss or extraction: Without the natural tooth embedded in the jawbone, lack of stimulation will result in bone loss, usually within 18 months.
- Bridgework or dentures: In the same way as an extraction, unanchored dentures are placed on top of the gum line, and therefore do not provide any direct stimulation to the underlying alveolar bone. Over time, the lack of stimulation causes the bone to resorb and deteriorate.
- Jaw or tooth trauma: Traumatic injury in which a tooth is broken or knocked out or the jaw is fractured can stop bone stimulation.
- Misalignment: Irregular physical forces and other misalignment issues can affect the ability of chewing properly. In these situations, lack of opposing force limits the natural stimulation of the jaw leading to bone loss.
- Periodontal disease: Periodontal diseases are ongoing infections of the gums that gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. If not managed properly, periodontal disease can lead to the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place to start to deteriorate.
Fortunately, there are natural ways to promote bone health and keep them strong. By acting early, you can avoid the need for expensive procedures in the future. Here are a few things you can do to promote jawbone health:
1. Eat a healthy diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, food containing calcium and magnesium, and low-fat dairy products.
2. Don’t smoke.
3. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
4. Take care of your teeth and gums by practicing good oral health care.
- Brush your teeth and gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush at least twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Use dental floss daily to clean between your teeth.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
- If you wear dentures or a retainer, keep them clean and be sure they fit well.
- Visit your dentist regularly and especially if you have loose teeth or gum discomfort.
As with any other bone in your body, your jaw requires certain nutrients. Eating a well-balanced diet and plenty of whole fruits and vegetables can increase bone health. Avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help protect both your overall health and the health of your jaw. And don’t forget to include mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine by downloading our free DIY guide. Just click the image below – it only takes two ingredients you already have in your kitchen!