June is Men's Health Month and Father's Day and is dedicated to focus attention to men's health needs, encouraging men to go to yearly dental and physical check-ups.
Good oral health is linked with longevity and a better quality of life. Men tend to ignore their physical health more than women.
When it comes to oral health, statistics show that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. If he smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. Men are also more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal (gum) disease (abstract from dentistry.uic.edu).
Most common sites for oral cancer are tongue, the floor of the mouth, soft palate at the back of your mouth, lips and gums. Poor oral health is also a risk factor for Oral Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and men are 4 times more prone to oral cancer associated with HPV.
Seeing your dentist regularly can help catching the cancer early on, as your dentist will be performing a thorough Oral Cancer Screening during each hygiene visit.
Evidence show that there is a direct connection between gum disease and heart and this can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke as bacteria travel from your mouth to heart through the bloodstream.
If you are taking medications for heart condition, blood pressure or antidepressants, these medications inhibit the salivary flow and lead to dry mouth which makes you more susceptible to getting cavities.
If you play sports protecting your teeth with mouth guard is important and wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle.
Healthy Habits/ steps you should take are: drinking plenty water, avoid alcohol, caffeine and sodas,avoid smoking and salty foods, and decrease your sugar intake.
Here at Hills Dental Group, we welcome you and would love to keep you on track with your dental check-up and care. Call 408-725-1536 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.