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Common Risk Factors for Jaw Bone Loss

Mother and daughterBone loss in the jaw is known as osteonecrosis of the jaw or ONJ. This disorder can result in the complete deterioration of the jawbone as well as the bones supporting the teeth and gum tissue. ONJ can be tough to catch early on, because the symptoms aren’t usually apparent until the disease has progressed to a severe level. However, there are a few common risk factors that can let you know if you’re more likely to suffer from ONJ.

Risk Factors for ONJ

Below are a few risk factors that can make you susceptible to jawbone loss:

  • Use of anabolic steroids
  • History of gum problems or gum disease
  • Excessive exposure to radiation
  • Poor at-home oral hygiene
  • The use of tobacco of any kind
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Osteoporosis
  • Injury to the jawbone

Not much is known about ONJ, and it is quite rare. But if you’re aware of the risk factors, you can keep a close eye on your jaw health and be vigilant about your oral hygiene and visiting our office regularly for dental X-Rays and exams.

To make an appointment, or if you believe you may have problems with your jaw, please contact Meadows Family Dentistry. Our friendly family dental office is located here in Castle Rock, Colorado.

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