Oral and dental health is important for men and women alike, but there are differences between them that can put one or the other at a higher risk for certain issues like cavities, gum disease, and other common dental problems. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, men are more likely to neglect oral health issues that they're experiencing, which makes them more likely to suffer from these difficult occurrences. For Men's Health Month this June, your Montclair dentist will explain the challenges that men can face and what the next best step is.
Taking the First Leap and Going to the Dentist
It can seem inconvenient or simply unnecessary to go to the dentist, which will stop patients of all ages from visiting our office for months, maybe even years at a time. Unfortunately, skipping this crucial step to your health will result in furthering any problems that you may not currently know about.
Many oral and dental health issues aren't noticeable to the naked eye, which is why you always have x-rays completed during your routine visits. If there's something underneath the line of sight that you can't recognize, the problem will only get worse and can cause pain, infection, and potential tooth loss. While these appointments are typically harmless, it can be nerve-wracking to take this step - many patients haven't gone to the dentist in a very long time and they would rather avoid unwelcome news if they can, even though it won't solve any problems.
Gum Disease Strikes before You Know It and Needs to be Addressed
One of the most common, but preventable diseases that people of all ages face is periodontitis, also known as gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly 57% of men have some form of infection in their gums. Because of this, men are more likely to suffer from other overall health issues, including heart disease, prostate issues, and more.
Inflammation is the main cause of both gum disease, as well as the connection to the other health problems. When inflammation occurs in the gums, it can damage your blood vessels if bacteria gets into the bloodstream. By brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and maintaining a balanced diet, men are more likely to live a longer, healthier life.
Although June is coming to an end, your Montclair dentist wants male patients of all ages to understand the importance of oral and dental health and how we're able to help. Give our office a call today at (703) 670-4838 and we'll be able to schedule your appointment on the best date and time that works for you.