Gum Disease and Men
Healthy gums are vitally important for everyone’s oral hygiene. But it is even more crucial for men, who have a significantly higher incidence of gum disease than women. Perhaps this is because men are more reluctant to visit a dentist, or because they produce more plaque and tartar — those troublesome, decay-causing deposits on our teeth.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
The warning signs of gum disease — also known as periodontal disease — include tender, puffy, bleeding, bright red or purplish gums, painful chewing, bad breath, and even loose teeth. Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. Periodontists receive three additional years of training after dental school and are experts in the latest treatment techniques, including placing dental implants to replace roots and cosmetic procedures.
Gum Disease has been Linked to Other Diseases
Research has found that periodontal disease is higher in men (56.4%) than in women (38.4%). Gum disease has been linked to some serious illnesses affecting men, including heart disease, prostate conditions, and impotence. Research has indicated that men with signs of gum disease as well as inflammation of the prostate have higher levels of prostate-specific antigen — the enzyme that serves as a marker in prostate cancer screening tests. This means the health of the gums and prostate may be linked. Gum disease also has been associated with higher incidences of pancreatic, kidney, and blood cancer.
Periodontal Disease Linked to Heart Disease
Periodontal disease has also been shown to increase the risk of another chronic inflammatory illness — heart disease, which is significantly more prevalent in men than women. Men younger than 30 or older than 70 who have gum disease also face a higher risk of becoming impotent, with chronic inflammation damaging blood vessels potentially being the cause.
Find a Periodontist
Don’t wait for the warning signs of gum disease to receive a thorough examination. Periodontists are all highly trained and qualified to address your concerns before they worsen. Don’t hesitate to schedule an examination and consultation to find out more about your oral health.