Men’s Periodontal Health
Men’s Periodontal Health in Greenwich
According to the National Institutes of Health, men are more likely to neglect their oral health until they have an acute problem such as cavities or gum disease. Men are also more likely to neglect healthy brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, this leads to a higher incidence of oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. Biological and hormone-related contributing factors make it essential for men to develop better oral hygiene routines and visit their dentist regularly.
The Link Between Gum Disease and Men’s Health
Studies have shown a link between men’s periodontal health and various illnesses. This link makes preventing and treating periodontal disease crucial.
Periodontal disease in men may increase their risk of cardiovascular disease. Men are prone to heart disease, so proper oral hygiene is one way to reduce the risk of developing heart disease as they age. The inflammation caused by gum disease is linked to the chronic inflammation found in heart disease.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, men with periodontal disease are 14% more likely to develop some forms of cancer than men with healthy teeth and gums. Periodontal disease seems to increase the risk of specific forms of cancer in men, including lung, oral, pancreatic, and blood-related cancers.
Men with periodontal disease are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction or impotence due to the chronic inflammation caused by gum disease. The prolonged inflammation can damage blood vessels, leading to some forms of impotence.
PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a prostate enzyme the body produces in small amounts. Men with an enlarged prostate produce more PSA. Men with both an enlarged prostate and periodontal disease have an even higher production of PSA, confirming a link between prostate health and periodontal health.
What Men Can Do to Improve Their Periodontal Health
Men can reduce their chances of developing heart disease and other conditions by taking proper care of their teeth and gums. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and be sure to visit your dentist twice a year. Catching periodontal disease early and treating it with the latest dental advances in oral health care is one of the most important things you can do to protect your overall health.
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, Dr. Traynor can treat the condition and get you back on track with better oral health. Call 203-661-5885 or use our easy, online form to schedule your appointment for a complete periodontal evaluation.