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Periodontal Disease & Men’s Health: Why Men Are at Greater Risk

Periodontal Disease & Men's HealthWhen it comes to oral hygiene and dental health, men and women aren’t quite the same. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly 57% of men will develop some form of periodontal disease compared to only 38.4 % of women.   In more severe disease states, men have a much higher incidence of heart disorders than their female counterparts.  And in an unfortunate catch 22, some forms of cardiac medications can cause dry mouth, which therefore elevates the risk factors for periodontal bacteria and disease to form.  In addition to cardiovascular disorders being interconnected to periodontal disease, diabetes is also more prevalent in men than women and is also linked to both heart disease and periodontal disorders.

Individuals with diabetes are one of the principal groups that are affected by gum disease, especially men. People with diabetes have numerous ailments that correlate to the issue of their high blood sugar. Diabetics are at increased risk of infection and bacterial growth because of their blood sugar levels, and they also are at higher risk for high blood sugar because of the periodontal disease.  Researchers suggest that periodontal disease increases high blood sugar, making individuals with uncontrolled diabetes at greater risk of infections and complications of their condition.

If you have any form of gum discomfort, bleeding or bad breath, it’s important to consult with your dentists about getting your conditions treated right away.  Often, just getting a deep scaling, which is a cleaning that goes a little deeper under the gum line, will correct mild to moderate periodontal disease.  Loose teeth and infection in your gingival tissues, are easily treated by a periodontal specialist, as they can provide you with options to get your mouth healthy again.  These include deep scaling’s, gingival grafts, laser treatment and pocket reduction procedures.

How To Prevent Gum Disease
Brushing your teeth efficiently for a full two-minutes is often neglected.   We need to brush correctly to clean each surface of every tooth and gumline gently.  The importance of flossing cannot be stressed enough.  Dentists and Hygienist convey this message regularly to their patients, but unfortunately, in our fast-paced world, many people find it too time-consuming to floss daily, but in reality, it only takes a minute to floss your teeth.  When this step is avoided, food and bacteria harbor in the interproximal space between teeth, and that’s where the periodontal infection begins.  Flossing twice a day is ideal, and seeing your dentist, or hygienist on a regularly scheduled basis is vital to keeping your gums healthy.

Whether you have heart disease, diabetes or another medical condition, full disclosure is important for your general health and the health of your mouth.  Many individuals fail to tell their dentist about their current health disorders, but with all of the evidence pointing to these strong correlations, it’s imperative to let them know about your situation and any new medications that you’re taking.

Ocala Dental Care
2415 SW 27th Ave
Ocala, FL 34471
352-237-6196
www.OcalaDentalCare.com

Ocala Dental Care
Ocala Dental Care is a restorative dentist office dedicated to offering exceptional care from dental basics to extensive procedures, all within a warm, inviting setting. They provide comprehensive restorative and general dentistry services to patients, including dental hygiene cleanings, root canals, endodontics, dental implants, dentures, crowns, and full mouth reconstruction.

For health concerns and aesthetics, their metal-free prosthetics made with advanced materials in their on-site lab, both restore functionality and complete your smile without unsightly metal.

Ocala Dental Care has three master dentists on staff, dental implant specialists Dr. Manual DeLeon and Dr. K. Woo, along with a general and restorative dentist Dr. Jeffrey Metcalfe. With three dentists at your service, the can prioritize patient procedures and time management, paying particular attention to your comfort and superiority of work.

They understand the financial elements that the patients have to decide upon and offer flexible payment plans to help them receive the quality dentistry they need.

Members of the FDA and Central Florida District Dental Association, they have been serving patients for more than 30 years and look forward to serving all of your dental needs.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their oral health, or if you need a check-up, please contact Ocala Dental today.

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