Gum Disease in Men

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 everyone around the world of all ages and genders. It may not be as noticeable at first, but if left  untreated it can become a major detriment to your health. How you can spot if you have or are developing gum disease, is if you notice: 

  • 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 not only your gums, but the rest of your mouth as well. Bone & tissue loss can occur, or even worse the loss of your teeth. To prevent these things from occurring, 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.

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 can be the result of periodontal disease is unfortunately one of the main causes of impotence. This tends to affect men between the ages of 30 and 70. 

According to research, periodontal disease also 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 than women), it’s important that you visit Dental Partners of Boston as soon as you see any of the above signs of gum disease. 

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 gives medical doctors reason to recommend a prostate biopsy to determine whether 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. 

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 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. 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:

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 will remove 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 surgerytreating your gums, this more in-depth surgery will depend on the extent and type of gum disease you have. 

Schedule An Appointment Today

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

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