What do we mean by teeth bone loss or dental bone loss?

Teeth bone loss, as used in this article, means the loss of jaw bone around the teeth or
their roots. Dental bone loss, as used here, refers specifically to the loss of jaw bone in
areas that are usually not directly associated with teeth. Sometimes both kinds of bone
loss occur in the same jaw.

For most people, bone loss is often associated with a disease called osteoporosis.  
Osteoporosis is a condition of decreased bone density which is most common among
post-menopausal women, when symptoms finally appear, such as spinal deformity, and
hip fractures. Although density changes occur in the jaw bones as we age, osteoporosis is
not found to any significant extent in the jaws.
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  • Tooth Infections are the second most common reason for teeth bone loss.
    If you get an infection in a tooth from a cavity, or a cracked tooth, or a tooth that
    has been hit and injured, and the infection spreads via the nerve in the tooth root
    to the jaw bone surrounding the root tip, then the infection will eventually destroy
    some of the bone next to the tip of the tooth root. Teeth bone loss is especially true
    if the infection becomes chronic. Sometimes a chronic tooth infection may become
    acute, with pain and swelling. The common name for this condition is an abscess,
    because pus has formed where the infection has destroyed the bone.  Sometimes
    the pus from a tooth abscess is released through a pimple like opening in the
    gums, called a fistula, on the side of the jaw next to the infected tooth.  This usually
    reduces the pain and swelling, but not the infection. Infections causing teeth bone
    loss can also occur with partially or completely impacted teeth, such as wisdom
Occasionally an infection in the jaw bone becomes lined with skin cells.  When this
happens we call it a cyst. Like an abscess, cysts can cause teeth bone loss or
dental bone loss, depending on whether a tooth is the source of the infection or
not. Cysts do not contain pus and they are typically painless.
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  • Medical Conditions, such as non-dental infections, diabetes, tumors,
    developmental cysts in the jaws of a fetus growing in the womb, radiation treatment
    for tumors in the jaw bones, as well as certain medicines, may all cause both teeth
    bone loss and dental bone loss. At the beginning of this article, a class of drugs
    called bisphosphonates is described, that can produce severe, uncontrollable
    dental bone loss.  It is beyond the scope of this website to include all the medical
    conditions, treatments, and drugs that can cause teeth and dental bone loss.
Searching for a holistic physician on the home page of the American College for
Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) may lead you to someone who can provide
you with the answers you are seeking for medically related jaw bone loss.
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So what can you do about all these conditions that lead to teeth or dental bone

First, it is important to seek the care of a biological dentist. Appropriate dental
treatment by a biologically trained dentist, and improved mouth hygiene, as taught by a
holistically motivated dental hygienist can also do wonders to better the health of your
mouth. To find a biologically trained dentist or hygienist, go to the website of the
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT),
www.iaomt.org, or the
Holistic Dental Association (HDA),
www.holisticdental.org.  These organizations focus
on dental treatment from a holistic perspective, which is much more likely to be of benefit
to you than the traditional dental approach which uses harmful dental materials,
antibiotics, fluoride and root canal treatments.

Second, do everything possible to strengthen your immune system, because it
is your first line of defense against infection and disease.
Disease literally means
a lack of ease.
All healing occurs from within. In fact, a well nourished body
doesn’t usually make mistakes.
 If you suspect that you are experiencing any kind of
dental or teeth bone loss, then think of it as a mistake that will only correct itself when
your body is properly nourished. Only under these circumstances is it possible for the
process of healing to be enabled at its optimal best, and for your immune system to
function at its peak level of performance.

How do you strengthen your immune system?

You strengthen your immune system by obeying a fundamental principle of health.
Everything you are exposed to is either a complement or an insult to your
well-being. In order to become healthy and remain healthy you must minimize
the insults and maximize the complements you allow in your body.
Using organic
whole food and all natural supplements is an easy way to start making this principle work
for you.

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Is there anything else you need to do besides taking supplements?

From a holistic perspective, you will bring about two critically important changes which will
make you healthy if you:

  • Follow a healthy life style by consuming the right kinds of foods and drinks,
    including fruits and vegetables and other foods that are organic, whole grain,
    unprocessed or raw, and contain no added sugars, chemicals or synthetic
    ingredients of any kind.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid as many environmental toxins as possible.

This will create an internal, slightly alkaline, health promoting environment in your body
and second, you will make your immune system very strong.

But isn’t that really hard for most people to do?

That depends on your priorities. Since most people will rarely meet all of these
conditions, the solution for strengthening your immune system is to still consume the right
kinds of foods and drinks when you can, to still exercise and avoid toxins as much as
possible, and
to compensate for whatever elements of a healthy lifestyle you are
lacking, by adding organic and all natural whole food supplements to your diet.

To find out more about organic and all natural supplements that support healthy
jaw bones, please
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Why should you add all natural and organic, whole food supplements to your diet?
The answer lies in the fact that the human body is a marvelously designed living
organism with the ability to grow, regulate, repair, and defend itself when given
natural, high quality, full spectrum nutrients derived from natural and
organically grown foods.
A well fed body is able to resist disease better than a poorly
fed body. Supplements made from these foods uniquely enhance the quality or your
well-being, because they accomplish the same things that natural and organically grown
foods do. So when you add all natural and organic whole food supplements to your diet,
you strengthen your immune system and
you raise the level of health of your entire
body, including your teeth, jaw bones and everything else in your mouth

Like many people, you may find that these supplements can also help you:

    •  look younger
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Another type of chronic infection in the jaw bone, called a cavitation, is sometimes
associated with teeth that have had a root canal. This unique kind of infection
destroys bone and causes both teeth and dental bone loss, although it is usually
Another type of chronic infection in the jaw bone, called a cavitation, is sometimes
not visible on an x-ray. Cavitations are described further down in a separate

Chronic infections from root canals and cavitations constantly stress and
weaken your immune system. To strengthen your immune system with my
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  • Root canal treatment of teeth sometimes causes teeth bone loss around
    the tips or ends of roots. Root canal treatment is intended to eliminate infection
    in a tooth by removing the infected nerve tissue inside the root or roots of a tooth
    and then filling the space that was occupied by the nerve with a special filling
    material called gutta percha. Assuming that the root canal space is completely filled
    and properly sealed by the dentist, any infection that has spread to the jaw bone at
    the end of the root or roots should then heal, including any pre-existing teeth
    bone loss from the infection.

    Unfortunately, complete healing rarely happens. In most root canals, even if the
    root canal appears to be successful, a chronic infection persists within the jaw bone
    next to the tooth, without causing any symptoms to make you aware of the
    infection. You have no symptoms because your immune system is successfully
    containing the germs and toxins from the chronic infection.

    Sometimes the chronic infection in the jaw bone will cause teeth bone loss to occur
    again around the end of the infected root or roots, because your immune system
    can no longer restrain the infection. This often happens when your immune system
    has to cope with some germ or virus you have been exposed to, or if you become
    excessively stressed by negative events and emotions in your life. If enough bone
    is destroyed, the teeth bone loss will become visible as a dark area on a dental
    x-ray. The dark area represents infected tissue that has replaced the lost bone.
    Dentists call this infected soft tissue a granuloma.
Bone is a biologically active tissue and it is sensitive to conditions that impact it
A major cause of teeth bone loss is infections that involve the nerve in the
roots of the teeth, as occurs with an abscessed tooth, or infections around the gum line of
teeth, as seen in gum disease. Usually teeth bone loss occurs at the site of the infection.
Sometimes, for reasons that are still not entirely known, teeth bone loss will occur when
there is no infection. Teeth can also cause dental bone loss. When teeth cause dental
bone loss, the bone loss appears not to be connected to any teeth, even though it is. This
kind of dental bone loss is usually caused by infections that are associated with previously
extracted teeth, or embryonic buds of teeth that never develop.

In contrast, most dental bone loss is not directly associated with teeth. For instance, it can
be caused by benign or malignant tumors that either originate in the jaws or spread to the
jaws from other sites in the body. In addition to tumors, medical conditions, such as Paget’
s disease, may produce dental bone loss. So can medically prescribed drugs. For
example, a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, when given intravenously, has been
linked to a serious condition that results in jaw bone infection and bone loss that is difficult
to control. People taking bisphosphonate drugs in oral form are also at risk, although the
jaw bone infection and bone loss take more time to occur because the oral drugs
accumulate more slowly in the body.  

So let’s take a closer look at some of these causes of teeth bone loss and dental bone

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The causes of dental bone loss or teeth bone loss:    

  • Gum infections are the most common reason for teeth bone loss. Typically,
    gum infections are chronic, meaning the infection is present for months or even
    years. This will result in bone loss around the tooth or teeth with the infection.  Most
    chronic gum infections are painless, and are easily ignored by some people, even if
    bleeding, tarter and bad breath are present.  This is unfortunate, because the
    germs that infect gums are a burden to the immune system, and they easily spread
    via open blood vessels in the infected gums to other parts of the body. There is
    some scientific evidence that germs from infected gums can settle in coronary
    arteries and contribute to the creation of plaque in the coronary arteries, and thus,
    to heart disease.

    Sometimes chronic gum disease can become acute and painful, especially if the
    bone loss around a tooth has become extensive.  It can take years for chronic gum
    infections to reach an acute stage. When this happens, the body may not be able
    to heal the infection adequately, and one or more teeth may need to be extracted,
    or they may even come out by themselves because of the extensive teeth bone

    Not all gum disease is chronic in nature.  A relatively rare and aggressive form
    of gum disease, called aggressive periodontitis, often occurs in young people.
    Sometimes it is known as juvenile periodontitis, or early onset periodontitis.
    Aggressive periodontitis gets worse faster than chronic periodontitis. It usually
    begins at puberty and is more common in girls than in boys. Aggressive
    periodontitis is characterized by severe teeth bone loss around the six year molars
    and the front teeth. In both chronic and aggressive gum disease, germs from
dental plaque are present.

The usual clinical signs of gum disease, such as inflammation and bleeding, do not
typically occur with aggressive periodontitis. Dental plaque accumulation tends to
be light. In spite of the absence of the symptoms of inflammation, and bleeding,
young people with widespread, severe aggressive periodontitis are at high risk for
tooth loss, sometimes within a year after the disease first occurs.

People with compromised immune systems from diabetes or AIDS, or immune
suppressing drugs used for organ transplants may likewise experience gum
infections with significant teeth bone loss that occurs rapidly. These people are
also at greater risk for losing teeth from gum disease than are people with chronic
gum disease.

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what you can do to keep your gums healthy.  

Another type of gum infection affects younger people who are under a lot of stress
and who fail to eat nourishing meals, such as during school exams. They may
sometimes develop a very painful type of gum infection called necrotizing
ulcerative gingivitis (NUG). This unique form of gum infection, which usually occurs
around the lower front teeth, sometimes results in teeth bone loss, although the
most obvious symptom is the extreme pain.
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  • Extraction of one or more teeth causes dental bone loss to occur where the tooth
    or teeth are removed. There are two reasons this may happen. The first is that the
    bone that surrounds the roots of all of our teeth depends upon the presence of
    these teeth for its very existence. This special and unique part of the dental jaw
    bone around the roots of teeth is called alveolar bone. It seems as though a tooth
    is needed to provide the physiologic stimulation required to maintain healthy
    alveolar bone around each tooth. If a tooth is lost from injury, or extracted for any
    reason, the alveolar bone will slowly be lost, even if there is no pre-existing dental
    infection. The jaw bone will heal the tooth socket where the tooth was, and replace
    some of the alveolar bone, but the jaw bone will not be as high as it was when a
    tooth was present. Maintaining the full height and thickness of your jaw
    bones is one of many good reasons why it is so important to keep your

    The second reason for bone loss to occur from an extracted tooth is that
    sometimes complete healing does not take place, even though the extraction site
    appears to be healed. Instead, a symptomless area of dead bone, called a
    cavitation now exists in the jaw bone beneath the apparently healed extraction site.
    Cavitations are described in detail in the next section below.

    What if you have the misfortune of losing one or more teeth?  Under this
    circumstance, if a dental implant is placed immediately or shortly after this happens,
    the alveolar bone will often remain around the implant, and the bone loss will be
    minimized. The reason this happens is not fully understood, since ‘healed’ dental
    implants are rigid in the bone and do not seem to provide the same functional
    stimulus that a tooth would.

  • Cavitations cause dental bone loss to occur in either jaw bone, although they are
    found mostly in the lower jaw bone. Cavitations are toxin-containing holes in the
    jawbone, often at the site of a previously extracted infected tooth. Cavitations are
    called by scientific names such as ischemic osteonecrosis, or, if pain is present,
    neuralgia inducing cavitational osteonecrosis (NICO). Most cavitations are painless,
    cavitations in the jaw bones. Dental schools generally do not teach anything about
    cavitations, and often deny their very existence, even though jawbone cavitation is
    not a new disease, having been described in an oral pathology book written in the

    A cavitation often develops because of incomplete healing after a routine
    extraction.  It is believed that the process of healing and blood flow is impaired
    when there is pre-existing infection in the bone and a less than robust immune
    system to defend against and destroy the infection. Pre-existing infection is most
    likely to be caused by a tooth with a root canal or from any infected tooth,
    especially a wisdom tooth. While the extraction site will invariably heal shut, the
    healing is often incomplete. Underneath the apparently healed over surface a
    hollow space forms in the bone marrow, which becomes a breeding ground for
    disease causing, or anaerobic, germs to grow, particularly when the blood supply is
    compromised. The result is a cavitation.

    The contents of a cavitation always consists of necrotic, dead or dying material
    with a high concentration of anaerobic bacteria and their bacterial toxins. The
    microscopic picture looks the same as gangrene, and like gangrene, the dead
    tissue will sicken the rest of the body. Until recently, treatment was limited to
    invasive, sometimes high risk and costly surgery to remove the dead tissue in the
    cavitation. A safer non-surgical approach has since been developed which
    involves the use of ozone gas injected into the cavitation to destroy the
    toxic producing germs. Ozone therapy greatly increases the odds of healing
    cavitations without surgery, because ozone gas literally follows the infection, killing
    all the bugs, whether they are bacteria, fungi, or viruses. This greatly helps to
    enhance the immune system and promote healing.  Biological dentists and holistic
    physicians who are trained to treat cavitations, can be found by using the “Find a
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