Oral Care and Men’s Health Conditions
Here at Alabama Family Dentistry, we make sure everyone in the family has a healthy mouth. June is National Men’s Health Month. Studies have shown that men have been found to be more neglectful of their oral health than women. Recent studies have shown that there is a link between oral health and prostrate health, so oral health for men is becoming increasingly more important! To schedule regular oral exams, you can visit one of our four locations, serving patients in central Alabama. Oral health is not just about the mouth, many oral health issues have an effect on your systemic health, which can include diabetes, heart disease, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis. Scholars continually discover indication of links between oral health and your overall well-being. In general, it has been determined that poor oral hygiene, especially when gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, can lead to many different health issues, including prostatitis. Gum disease can cause other health conditions to worsen. The latest example of this examines the probable relationship between periodontitis and prostate issues.
What is the Correlation Between Periodontitis and Prostate Health?
Periodontitis is a very common but severe gum infection that disintegrates the soft tissue and bone that hold your teeth, and most of the time is a consequence of poor oral hygiene. Indicators include inflamed and sensitive gums, loosening of teeth, and bad breath. Periodontitis can cause teeth to fall out, and has been connected to an increase of the possibility of heart attack or stroke and other severe health issues.
As men age, a condition termed prostatitis – painful inflammation and enlargement of the prostate gland – becomes more common. The cause of this condition has not been identified in most circumstances, although bacterial infection is typically the perpetrator. When the prostate becomes irritated, inflamed or infected by cancer, the amount of PSA (an enzyme produced in the prostate that is typically discharged in tiny doses) increases. Studies has shown that men with signs of periodontal disease and prostatitis have greater levels of PSA than men with only one of these illnesses. Research discovered that patients with the most serious form of prostatitis also presented signs of periodontitis.
What Can Men Do to Decrease Risk?
What have we learned from this research? It is critical to make sure that you have your teeth cleaned regularly and have your gums treated for disease, to protect your entire body health. Not only that, it can decrease your total health care bills. The most imperative thing you can do to decrease the threat of periodontitis is to keep a good oral hygiene schedule:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day
- Make consistent dental cleanings and check-ups so your dentist or hygienist can inspect your teeth, plaque levels and gums, and assess any risk factors you may have for periodontal disease
Alabama Family Dentistry believes that everyone deserves quality dental care—no matter what your gender or age. Caring properly for your teeth helps maintain their appearance, function and comfort at every stage of life. To ensure that you are receiving the best care possible, schedule an appointment at one of our locations today. We have four convenient locations including: Warrior Family Dentistry, Gardendale Family Dentistry, Acton Road Family Dentistry, and Sumiton Family Dentistry. Make sure everyone in the family practices good oral hygiene as a preventative care measure against health issues.