Jawbone osteomyelitis is the medical term for an infection of the jawbone. This serious condition is often the result of untreated tooth decay which has progressed into a dental abscess and then spread to the jaw. Here's what you need to know about this life threatening infection.
How does tooth decay lead to a jawbone infection?
Tooth decay is a common problem, but that doesn't mean that it's not a serious one.
As you probably already know, competitive cheerleading is the most dangerous sport for females. Today's cheerleaders are thrown high in the air, perform complicated tumbling routines and lift and catch other team members. So it's not unusual for a flying elbow or errant foot of a flier to smash out a base cheerleader's teeth or break a nose. In fact, according to the New York Times, the number of emergency room visits involving injured cheerleaders has more than doubled since the early 1990s.
You likely see posts on your social networking sites and on blogs that tout the biggest new teeth-whitening trends and how great they work. Most of these remedies are cheap and require only items you already have at home, which can lead you to immediately trying them before looking into whether they really work or not. Be careful, because many are not only ineffective, but they can actually greatly damage your tooth enamel.
Tooth decay occurs when oral bacteria feed on sugars left in your mouth after a meal and release acids that break down the enamel on your teeth. Cavities are small spots of tooth decay. They usually start off small and grow in size if left untreated, eventually threatening the health of the entire tooth. Tooth decay affects the young and the old. To avoid it, you need to focus on good oral hygiene through each stage of life.