June is National Men’s Health Month. One of the components of your overall health that most people forget is oral health. It has been noted that men in particular are not as focused on their oral health as they are with their physical health. With that being said taking care of your teeth, gums and mouth can help improve overall health.
Oral infections can greatly increase your risk for other diseases. Oral infections are also linked to many health problems specifically related to men. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory response to a bacterial infection caused by the presence of excess bacteria in the mouth. About half of the population in the United States alone have periodontal disease and of that a shocking 56 percent are men.
Periodontal disease may cause damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. You may experience red and swollen gums, bleeding during brushing, flossing and eating, pus between the gums and teeth. Periodontal disease also causes loose or separating teeth and extreme halitosis.
Men can also experience prostate problems. The bacteria related to oral infections can cause an increase in the prostate specific antigen especially when combined with an inflamed prostate. This increase in the prostate specific antigen is a known precursor for prostate cancer. There is 14 percent increase in other cancers that are related to gum disease. These can include kidney, pancreatic and cancers of the blood.
Inflammation caused by oral infections can spread throughout the body. The bacteria is believed to travel through the gums in to the blood stream. This can cause blood vessels to become inflamed in and around the heart leading to cardiovascular disease. Inflamed and damaged blood vessels throughout the body are also related to impotence. It has also been noted that poor oral maintenance and health can cause a lower self-esteem which has also been linked to impotence.
The mouth is the highway to your health and should be taken care of along with the rest of your physical health. Be sure to brush twice a day and don’t forget to floss. Visiting your dentist twice a year can greatly reduce your risk of periodontal disease and related diseases. Book your appointment today and get back on the road to great health!