Reasons Men Should Tend To Oral Health

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Men need to rededicate themselves to their oral health! Men already face shorter life spans and have higher risk for heart attacks and cancer than women. Research also reveals that periodontal (gum) disease affects more men than women with men averaging greater tooth loss as well.

This state of men’s periodontal health is mostly due to men being less vigilant overall when it comes to oral hygiene. Plus, women are three times more likely to floss on a daily basis. Research published in the Journal of Periodontology found that women are twice as likely to have dental check-ups and more likely to complete recommended treatment. Thus, it’s not surprising that the study also showed that men have higher levels of plaque, tartar, and gums that bleed when probed.

A man’s overall health can also be compromised by their lack of oral care. Research reveals a connection with several serious health problems in men that may be associated with gum disease. One of these is impotence. Men with gum disease showed a higher risk of developing impotence due to inflammation associated with periodontal disease. This inflammation has been known to damage to blood vessels, which can lead to impotence. Men younger than 30 or older than 70 are especially at risk.

A separate study found that men with a history of gum disease are 14% more likely at risk for cancer than men with healthy gums. Specifically, men with periodontal disease are 49% more likely than women to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Men! Let’s do a better job at tending to your head-to-toe well-being! If you are not having 6-month check-ups and cleanings, schedule a full periodontal exam at your earliest convenience. During this time, you’ll learn what is needed to ensure your mouth is maintained at a healthy level to help you enjoy a full, healthy life.

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