How Does Having Bone Loss in the Jaw Affect Your Oral Health?
Posted on 2/8/2021 by Ankur Johri
In recent years, studies have shown that the body and the mouth are linked. Each one's level of health affects the other. This is important to keep in mind because while most people exercise and eat nutritious foods and take care of their bodies, they tend to neglect their teeth. They might skip brushing or flossing a few times a month and think nothing of it. This can be detrimental to not only their dental health but their overall health too.
Periodontal Disease Causes
While many people think nothing of skipping brushing or flossing their teeth a few times a month, the ramifications are far-reaching. They can set in motion things that cannot be reversed. Believe it or not, there is a progressive disease which cannot be cured which can occur in the patient's mouth. It has multiple stages and can only be reversed and cured in the first one. That stage is known as gingivitis and usually coincides with bloody and swollen gums. Patients might notice blood in the washbowl after brushing and flossing. They might choose to ignore this but that would be a mistake. If allowed to progress into the latter stages of gum disease, they will not be able to cure it.
Bone Mass Loss and Oral Health
Typically, bone mass loss is caused by the lack of oppositional forces in the mouth brought on by teeth-gnashing together during the normal chewing motion. When teeth are lost, these opposing forces are lost, and the jawbones will begin to deteriorate resulting in lost bone mass.
The lost bone mass can also mean that the patient's periodontal disease has progressed to the late stages which means an infection has reached the bone and can spread to the rest of the teeth. Not only that but with the lymph nodes in close proximity, the infection could invade the lymphatic system or blood stream quite easily and spread throughout the body.
Losing boss mass should be avoided at all costs so that your health is not impacted. Please call us to find out how we can avoid your bone loss.
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