Gum Disease in Men

Gum disease: Close up of a man's teeth and gums.

Caption: Gender factors in developing gum disease. As a man, here is what you need to know.

Research shows that gum disease affects a larger amount of men than women. This might be a result of fewer visits to the dentist or because they are more prone to dental plaque. In any case, it’s important to notice symptoms of gum disease and to contact us for a consultation.

Gum disease is a condition that affects everyone around the world of all ages and genders. Un-noticeable at first, if left untreated, it can become a major detriment to your health. You can spot if you have gum disease or developing it by noticing:

  • Receding Gums (which causes increased sensitivity)
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Your Gums Swell After Eating, Brushing, or Flossing.

Without treating gum disease, there can be irreversible permanent damage to your gums and the rest of your mouth. Bone & tissue loss can occur, or even worse, the loss of your teeth. To prevent these things, make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and schedule regular appointments with Dental Partners of Boston.

How Gum Disease Develops And Affects Men

Gum disease can develop due to a number of factors at any stage of your life.

Impotence

If you have developed periodontal disease from plaque buildup, not only can it cause damage to your gum tissue, but it can also lead to impotence. The prolonged chronic inflammation from periodontal disease can damage blood vessels, which is one of the main causes of impotence. This tends to affect men between the ages of 30 and 70.

Heart Disease

According to research, periodontal disease also has a connection to cardiovascular disease. In order to maintain your oral health and help prevent heart disease, it’s important that you visit Dental Partners of Boston as soon as you see any signs of gum disease.

Prostate Health

Periodontal health can also have a direct impact on your prostate health. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels will rise if the prostate becomes infected or inflamed. PSA levels above 4.0 mL is reason to recommend a prostate biopsy to determine if prostate cancer is present. As periodontitis carries similar symptoms and also has a high PSA number, if you notice symptoms of gum disease it’s important that you get checked by your dentist and a medical doctor to ensure you are healthy.

Cancer

Research also indicates that men who have suffered from gum disease are also more likely to develop cancer. To help prevent this, come into Dental Partners of Boston for an appointment where our team of dentists will give you a thorough dental plan to bring back a healthy smile!

What Treatment Options Are Available For Gum Disease?

There are a number of treatments available for men that are suffering from gum disease. Our dental team may recommend one or more treatments after an exam and consultation.

Here are a few examples of possible treatments:

  • LANAPusing a laser, this treatment is aimed at reattaching gum tissue, removing damaged gum tissue, and promoting bone growth. A popular treatment, it is less painful than other options and produces positive results in men of all ages.
  • Gum regeneration treatmentused for both cosmetic purposes and surgical purposes, gum generation treatment aims at regenerating damaged tissue and bone that’s been lost due to gum disease.
  • Scaling & Root Planning – A deep cleaning procedure where Dr. Guzman removes any build-up of plaque and bacteria, and ensure that any open pockets are cleaned so that your gums can reattach to your teeth.
  • Dental implantsrestoring your periodontal health and the appearance of your teeth, dental implants act as a treatment that will replace missing teeth that are lost to gum disease.
  • Periodontal surgerythis more in-depth gum surgery will depend on the extent and type of gum disease you have.

Schedule An Appointment Today

To find out if you do in fact have gum disease and to begin the process of healing, contact Dental Partners of Boston today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Guzman and our team of dentists look forward to meeting you and helping restore your smile!

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