How Can Tooth and Bone Loss Occur?

Many people are unaware that tooth and bone loss can occur if dental health isn’t properly kept up on. Age is a large factor when it comes to tooth and bone loss as well and this isn’t an aspect that can be helped as much. However, both age and lack of care can still be counteracted or even avoided, if changes are made and overall dental health is kept up on from an earlier age.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a very common dental issue for many people across the world. At it’s very beginning stages, it will cause bad breath, swollen gums, red discoloration of the gums, soreness, etc. Gum disease is caused by a poor oral hygiene routine and can usually be corrected through a better, more diligent oral routine. For example, brushing on a daily basis, along with flossing and rinsing will correct and gum disease symptoms popping up. However, if left untreated, gum disease can eventually cause an infection in the gums and slowly make its way into the bones of your face. This infection eats away at your teeth and bones, causing tooth and bone loss to occur.


As we age, bone loss can be a common issue throughout the body, not just orally. Basic chewing can, over time, cause tooth loss. However, osteoporosis is a very common issue among older men and women. It’s a condition in which the bones lose their strong level of density. This leads to them being worn away or broken far more easily. This includes a person teeth and jaw bones.

What Can Be Done to Fix It?

The good news is, even if you didn’t start at any early age to try and combat the effects of aging or you allowed your hygiene routine to get too lax, there’s options for fixing it. Sometimes, this can mean removing some or all the teeth and replacing them with false ones. Overall, the options for fixing the problem will be based on your specific circumstances and what the underlying cause is. If it’s from gum disease, a deep cleaning and fillings may be all it takes to fix the damage. Other options are crowns, implants, dentures, veneers, and more. Too many options to list.

It’s important to note that your specific circumstances such as age and current health will play a role in the options available to you. Your dental professional will provide you with the best options concerning your specific details and it may not be the same as another person’s experience.

If you think you’re experiencing any of these issues, see your dental professional right away. It’s important that tooth and bone loss are addressed as quickly as possible in order to stop further damage and reverse the effects.


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Dr. Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is committed to providing high-quality dentistry using state-of-the-art equipment to help you achieve improved oral health and the beautiful smile you deserve.

Dr. Nguyen has served on the Virginia Board of Dentistry and has many achievements such as: Invisalign Premier and Teen Provider, Pre-Fellow with Academy of General Dentistry, Graduate of Aesthetic Continuum, Engel Institute for Dental Implant Training, WaveOne Endodontic Training, HD President’s Club.

Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, staying active in the gym, and trying out new restaurants.  When he isn’t at work, you can find him playing basketball, tennis, football, or hiking.

“I want to make you feel right at home, exceed your expectations, and provide an amazing experience!”