Society has always dictated that men, being members of the “stronger” sex, should not show any signs of weakness. And going to the doctor, or the dentist for this matter, is an admittance of weakness. For this reason, compared to their female counterparts, males are less likely to see the dentist and, hence, their oral health suffers as a consequence.
According to studies, men only visit their dentist when there are already signs and symptoms of any dental condition which they cannot ignore anymore. Moreover, men are less likely to brush their teeth compared to females. By the time that men reach the age of 72, he is expected to lose 5.4 teeth. On top of tooth loss, men are also at higher risk for the development of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is just another term for gum disease. Gum diseases develop because of the accumulation of tartar, or calcified plaque. The tartar is filled with bacteria as well as other substances, which are produced by these microorganisms such as acids, and is toxic when it interacts with the gum tissues. This inflammatory condition would then lead to the development of swollen and irritated gums. The signs and symptoms of periodontal diseases include bleeding of gums at the slightest agitation such as brushing or flossing, as well as visibly red gums and bad breath. The ultimate consequence of periodontal diseases is the eventual loss of teeth.
But what men should be more vigilant about is the fact that the onset of periodontal disease leads to a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases. A number of studies have already corroborated that longstanding gum infections increase your chances of getting heart problems in the future. For this reason, you might want to visit your dentist if you’ve started noticing the signs and symptoms of gum infections on you.
Understanding the Risk
It’s rather simplistic to think that men have a higher risk of developing gum diseases simply because they do not brush as frequently as women. But on top of that fact, men are also more likely to smoke and consume tobacco compared to women. Nicotine is just as toxic to your gums as it is to your lungs. And it does not matter if you chew tobacco or you smoke it; the risk is still the same and your likelihood to develop the infection is just as high.
Both men and women should call Dr. Rosenblatt today!
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