Virtually all human beings procrastinate over one thing or another. While procrastination doesn’t always cause severe problems; in some situations, it can compromise your oral and dental health.
Procrastinating on fixing a simple dental problem or even procrastinating on attending routine check-ups only leads to more serious conditions. Though not a very widely heard of or talked about problem, jaw bone loss is a issue for many Americans. Often caused as a result of seemingly minor dental problems, this problem is easily avoidable, when people seek treatment in a timely manner.
The three most common causes of jaw bone loss include teeth grinding, gum disease, and improper extraction of a tooth or teeth. But, with routine visits to your dentist, these problems can be caught before they lead to more serious trouble.
While jaw bone loss isn’t a complication that most patients are aware of; it can be very detrimental, even to everyday life. Jaw bone loss, when left undetected and untreated, can make talking, smiling, chewing, and even eating very uncomfortable. Would you want to go through life suffering from a problem that is treatable, let alone entirely avoidable with routine appointments with a quality Spokane dentist?
Preventing jaw bone loss should be tackled on two fronts: by the patient and by the dentist. Patients should practice routine dental hygiene, including flossing and brushing, to keep the mouth as clean and healthy as possible. At the same time, dentists should be well aware of the symptoms of jaw bone loss, and – if symptoms are present – the diagnosis should be given to the patient directly, in a straight-forward manner.
Sugar-coating a diagnosis as serious as jaw bone loss can make the situation worse. Patients should be well aware of the state of their oral health, and dentists should never avoid telling their patients exactly what is wrong.
Ensure that your oral and dental health are at optimal levels by scheduling routine visits to Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins today. We are available by phone at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, to take your appointment requests. Get started today for a lifetime of healthy teeth, gums, and jaw!
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788