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How to Reverse Bone Loss in Teeth

author image Adam Cloe Ph.D./M.D.
Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.
How to Reverse Bone Loss in Teeth
How to Reverse Bone Loss in Teeth

Bone loss in the jaw bone can cause the teeth to become loosened or even fall out. Bone loss around the teeth is usually caused by periodontal disease. One of the difficulties in treating bone loss around the teeth is that the bone loss cannot be reversed, although new bone can be grafted in. Fortunately, there are ways to slow and stop the bone loss and prevent the teeth from falling out.

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Step 1

Practice good dental hygiene. This means that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily and get regular dental checkups (every six months).

Step 2

Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and make sure your diet includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is important for maintaining bone health and vitamin D is necessary for proper absorption of calcium from the diet.

Step 3

If you smoke, quit.

Step 4

Check your blood sugar. If you have elevated blood sugar caused by poorly controlled diabetes, it can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, which can lead to inflammation of the gums and bone loss.

Step 5

Consider getting a bone graft. A bone graft can be used for severe bone loss and is an expensive and painful procedure, so it should only be used when absolutely necessary.

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