How to Prevent Further Bone Loss in Teeth

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Bone loss in teeth is serious. (Photo: Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Bone loss in teeth is a very serious problem. It is one of the main causes of tooth loss. Even if you do not lose your teeth as a result of bone loss, it can cause other unpleasant problems, such as receding gum lines. Taking measures to prevent bone loss in teeth at an early age is very important, but it is still important to continue efforts to prevent it if you have experienced any bone loss in teeth already.

Visit dentist often. (Photo: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Visit the dentist to have any current bone loss issues addressed. Dentists have methods of fixing teeth which have undergone bone loss, such as providing them with a coating. Until you have the bone loss fixed, your teeth are only going to continue losing bone. Have your dentist take some current x-rays to see what the bones in your mouth look like currently.

Electric toothbrush. (Photo: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Switch to an electric toothbrush. Although manual toothbrushes can be very effective for the right person, most dentists will recommend you use an electric toothbrush. When you do use one, it is important to make sure that you brush each tooth in every area possible. If some of the areas in your mouth are hard to reach using just an electric toothbrush, it can be a good idea to try using a manual toothbrush as well. It is best to avoid using only a manual toothbrush to prevent further bone loss in teeth, however.

Brush teeth 2-3 times a day. (Photo: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Brush your teeth two to three times a day. The main key to preventing bone loss in teeth is getting rid of plaque. This is why it is so important to make sure that you do not skip brushing your teeth at any time. Brushing them in the morning, midday and at night is the best thing that you can do. Also keep in mind that you will want to spend about three minutes brushing your teeth instead of a few seconds to ensure that you get rid of the plaque.

Floss teeth. (Photo: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Floss your teeth and use mouthwash daily. The best time to floss for most people is at the end of the day so that any food which has built up in the teeth can be removed before it turns into plaque. Using an antibacterial mouthwash at night and in the morning will help prevent plaque build-up.

Eat tomatoes sparingly. (Photo: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Stop eating foods and drinking beverages that will harm the teeth. Foods which are very high in acid, such as citric fruits and tomatoes, should be avoided or eaten sparingly. Soda, orange juice and lemonade can all be harmful to the teeth. If you are going to drink these beverages, it is best to do so through a straw to prevent too much contact with the teeth. Smoking and chewing tobacco both increase your chances of developing periodontal disease, which research has shown may be linked to bone loss in teeth.

Things You'll Need

  • Dentist
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Tooth floss
  • Antibacterial mouthwash
Tips & Warnings
  • Follow any instructions that the dentist gives you.

    Consider switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

    Be sure to include calcium in your diet.

  • Avoid chewing gum that isn’t sugar-free.

    Don’t chew on ice as this can wear down the enamel of your teeth.

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