Men’s Health Month is a Good Time to Review Oral Health!
Listen up, Guys! Oral Health is Essential to Overall Health
Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? That’s why the team at Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry wants to remind everyone that there is such an important link – for men and women alike — between oral health and overall health. But for the sake of all guys, let’s explore why dental health is SO very essential… and why we should encourage the men you care about to protect themselves and pursue healthier habits in honor of Men’s Health Month.
Healthy smile, healthy body! The mouth acts as a window into our overall health. It has the amazing ability to reveal serious underlying health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, infection or nutritional deficiencies. Specifically, research shows that the presence of periodontitis contributes to many of these systemic diseases and conditions. Those diagnosed with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease! Studies further show that men are 33% less likely than women to schedule health appointments. That is why it is so important for men to be proactive about visiting the dentist (and their other health care providers!) regularly.
Oral health and mental health. Studies suggest a link between oral disease, pain and anxiety that impact healthy eating and sleeping patterns. Dissatisfaction with one’s smile also contributes to lower self-esteem. Receding gums, crooked or stained teeth, bad breath – these are some of the common yet preventable oral conditions that negatively affect our confidence and mental health. After all, a bright smile and strong eye contact often help solidify a positive first impression. When dental concerns are left untreated, they can inhibit interpersonal relationships and even diminish the ability to succeed in the workplace. This holds true for both men and women!
Strong Bones and your smile. A proper oral health care routine helps keep the bacteria that enter the body under control. But make no bones about it… periodontal disease contributes to bone loss that can increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss! In fact, having both osteoporosis (bone loss) and periodontal disease may lead to more rapid bone loss. Low bone density in the jaw triggered by osteoporosis can also lead to other dental issues. In addition, researchers believe there may be a connection between arthritis and gum disease – two inflammatory disorders – because they found in one study that those with arthritis were eight times more likely to have periodontal disease.
It’s time to take control! Now is the ideal time to be reminded that guys are in the driver’s seat when it comes to preserving health and wellness. Here are some key things guys can do right away to take charge of oral health:
- Brush at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste using a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet (avoid sugary foods and substances)
- Avoid tobacco/smoking
- Stay hydrated – always opt for water over soft drinks!
- Schedule – and keep – regular dental check ups and cleanings
During June, guys be on alert and women, be sure to “check up” on the men in your lives by making sure their oral health and overall health is on track. Remind them that that many health conditions are preventable and that common dental conditions, when treated early, can help minimize other underlying health concerns.
Learn more valuable tips during Men’s Health Month by visiting https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/… and contact Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to check-in for a dental check-up!