When it comes to caring for your smile, most of the attention is often on your teeth and gum tissues. For example, routine care involves keeping them clean of oral bacteria, and the two most common dental health issues are tooth decay and gum disease. However, your jawbone’s health and integrity are equally important, and there are many different things that can affect it. At our Ft. Worth, TX, office, our goal is to help you optimize every aspect of your oral health, including that of your smile’s foundation.

The role of good nutrition

One of the most overlooked aspects of good dental health care is the role that a healthy diet plays in it. Your teeth, oral tissues, and jawbone structure all need an ample supply of healthy minerals and nutrients, just like the rest of your body. In the case of your jawbone, for example, you should include plenty of calcium in your diet to promote stronger bone development. On the other hand, consistently eating unhealthy foods, such as highly processed foods that are rich in sugar, can increase your risks of developing concerns like tooth decay or gum disease.

The progression of dental disease

If you develop a dental health concern, then treating it as soon as possible may be more important than you realize. For example, gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, can have an increasingly more severe impact on your gum tissues and the jawbone structure that lies underneath them. In fact, the reason gum disease leads to tooth loss is because it systematically destroys these structures, leaving your jawbone weaker and less able to support your teeth. Therefore, preventing gum disease or treating it as early as possible is one of the most important ways to maintain your healthy jawbone structure.

The impact of tooth loss

In addition to gum disease, the loss of one or more teeth is also one of the more serious risks to your jawbone structure. Your healthy, natural teeth are supported by roots that are embedded within your jawbone. Every time you bite and chew, the pressure stimulates your teeth roots and jawbone, prompting your body to send it minerals and nutrients for itself and your teeth. Tooth loss results in the reduction of this stimulation, which causes your body to send your jawbone fewer minerals and nutrients. To prevent the loss of jawbone mass and density that this leads to, you can restore the stimulation by replacing your lost teeth roots with dental implant posts.

Keep your jawbone strong and healthy

Your jawbone is the foundation of your smile, and with these tips, you have a good chance of keeping it strong and healthy for life. For more information, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.