It’s no secret that men often ignore their health — like maybe forgetting about a worrisome lump, or putting off a visit to the doctor for a chronic ache. Perhaps as a result of this reluctance to seek medical attention, males are also more likely to die from stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer than women. It’s time to reverse the trend, and during Men’s Health Month in June, your dentist in Midland is working to raise awareness of the importance of monitoring oral health as an indicator for overall health. What are the connections? Dr. Robert E. Christensen has more information in this week’s blog post.
Good Oral Health Promotes Overall Well-being
Many adults fail to take adequate care of their oral health through good dental hygiene practices. But the truth is, proper brushing and flossing are crucial to overall well-being, especially as we age. The risk for gum disease rises above age 35, then again dramatically past the age of 55. Because the gums provide easy entry into the bloodstream, an infection here has dramatic effects on systemic health. People who have gum disease are more likely to…
- Have high blood pressure
- Develop cardiovascular problems
- Experience poor lung health
- Suffer from uncontrolled diabetes
- Have missing teeth
- And develop other serious health conditions
By brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months for preventive care, you can dramatically reduce your risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and all the related health effects.
The early detection of oral cancer is something your dentist is especially equipped to provide — and catching this disease in its earliest stages couldn’t be more important. Oral cancer is usually treatable if detected before it has the chance to really develop. But after it reaches more advanced stages, survival rates dramatically fall.
About Men’s Health Month
Men’s Health Month is held in June with a goal of raising awareness about the need for early detection of preventable diseases in men and boys. According to a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control, women are 100% more likely than men to visit the doctor for examinations and preventive care.
Some other facts about men’s health include…
- Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women
- Men’s life expectancy is 5 years shorter than women’s
- By the age of 100, women outnumber men 8 to 1
- Men are far more likely to develop heart disease and other leading causes of death than their female counterparts
Visit the Dentist Near Me Today
Dr. Christensen sees Men’s Health Month as a perfect opportunity to remind our patients of the need for routine preventive dental care. When we can check in on your smile regularly, we are able to catch oral health hazards almost as soon as they develop — for more successful outcomes with early treatment. If you are a man (or if you love one!), go ahead and schedule an appointment with the dentist in Midland during Men’s Health Month!