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Jaw Bone Loss Risk Factors

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Jaw bone loss, also called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) can result in the complete deterioration of the jaw and the bones and teeth supporting it. This disease can be difficult to catch, as there often aren’t many signs until it’s too late. However, there are a few risk factors that you should be aware of that can help you catch ONJ early on.

Jaw Bone Loss Risk Factors

ONJ is rare and there isn’t much known about it. In spite of this, there are several factors that have been proven to be linked to the disease. These factors include:

  • Use of anabolic steroids
  • Gingivitis (gum disease)
  • Poor oral health care
  • Overexposure to radiation
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Osteoporosis
  • Abuse of alcohol
  • Previous injury to the jaw

The best ways to minimize the chances of this irreversible disease are through proper oral hygiene. Regular dental checkups in addition to brushing and flossing twice a day can prevent jaw bone loss.

If you have any of the above risk factors, please make an appointment Dr. Kate Wilson here at Coastal Periodontics located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2019

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