Research shows that gum disease affects a larger amount of men than women. This might be because they visit the dentist less or because they are more prone to dental plaque, bleeding and tartar. It’s important that if you notice symptoms of gum disease either in yourself or in your partner, you should contact us for a consultation.
Gum disease is a condition that affects those around the world of all ages and genders. The way that you can spot if you have or are developing gum disease, is if your gums are receding, they are bleeding, or they are swell after eating, brushing, or flossing. Without treating the disease, permanent damage could be the result. To the jawbone, tissue loss, or the loss of teeth could result. To prevent it from occurring, make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss and book in regular appointments with your dentist.
How gum disease develops in and affects men
Gum disease can develop due to a number of factors at any stage of your life. The most common times/factors that lead to gum disease are:
If you have developed periodontal disease from plaque buildup, not only can it cause your gum tissue to become damaged, but it can also lead to impotence. Damaging blood vessels, the prolonged chronic inflammation that can be the result of periodontal disease is one of the main causes of impotence. This tends to affect men between the ages of 30 and 70.
According to research, periodontal disease has a connection to cardiovascular disease. In order to maintain your oral health and prevent heart disease from occurring (as men have a higher possibility of being affected by it), it’s important that you visit the dentist as soon as you see signs of gum disease and take care of your health. A healthy body begins with a healthy mouth.
Periodontal health can also have a direct impact on your prostate health. Prostrate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels will rise if the prostate becomes infected or inflamed. PSA levels above 4.0 ng/mL would give medical doctors reason to recommend a prostrate biopsy to determine whether prostrate cancer is present. As periodontitis carries similar symptoms, and also has a high level PSA number, if you notice symptoms of gum disease, along with symptoms in your prostate, it’s important that you get checked by both a dentist and a medical doctor.
Research also indicates that men who have suffered from gum disease are also more likely to develop cancer. To help prevent this from occurring, come in for a consultation and follow a regular and thorough dental plan laid out by our dental team.
What treatment options are available?
There are a number of treatments available for men that are suffering from gum disease. One or more will be recommended by our team, after an exam and consultation. Here are a few examples of the treatments that are performed:
LANAP – using 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 treatment – used 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.
Dental implants – restoring 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 surgery – treating your gums, this more in-depth surgery will depend on the extent and type of gum disease you have.
Want to find out more? Contact Dental Partners of Boston today to book a consultation via our contact us page or by phone.