As we welcome the warmth of another hot Texas summer this month, we want to remind folks that June is also a time to honor men’s health. During Men’s Health Month in Midland, we are highlighting the fact that oral and overall health are more closely linked than you might think. Learn how — and how you can protect your or your loved ones’ health — in the following text.
Don’t Ignore These Oral Health Issues
Some of the oral health problems that can affect or be affected by your overall wellbeing include the following:
- Jaw pain: Having chronic pain in the jaw, like when you open and close your mouth, chew, yawn, or even speak can be a sign of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Dry mouth: You are at a greater risk of developing cavities or gum disease when you do not have enough saliva in your mouth, and on top of that, dry mouth can be a symptom of other problems with your overall health — like diabetes, Parkinson’s, and hypertension.
- Bleeding gums, gum recession: If you notice changes in your gum tissue, book an appointment with your dentist right away. That is a likely sign of gum disease, which can cause tooth loss and eventually affect everything from your heart health to your lungs, memory, and more.
- Tooth sensitivity: Sensitive teeth may occur due to enamel erosion or gum disease and can leave you at a higher risk of tooth decay. Furthermore, enamel erosion may be linked to acid reflux, which can indicate underlying health issues.
How to Care for Men’s Oral & Overall Health
The best way for men of all ages to prevent the problems listed above from becoming larger issues that greatly affect overall health is to engage in routine preventive dental care. (The same goes for women, too.) When you visit your dentist every six months for a regular checkup and cleaning, you are ensuring that any minor changes are noticed sooner rather than later, so that an effective treatment can be rendered. People who visit the dentist even when they do not necessarily “need” to are far more likely to keep their teeth as they get older and enjoy better overall health as a result.
When was the last time you and your loved ones visited the dentist for a routine exam? If it has been longer than six months, it’s time to make the call. After all, there has never been a better time to do so than during Men’s Health Month!
Meet the Practice
Dr. Robert E. Christensen is a trusted dentist in Midland — and has been since 1979. A graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Dental School, Dr. Christensen has completed numerous hours of continuing education courses and has become a true leader in his field over the course of his career. To learn more about how men’s health is related to dental health or to book an appointment for you or someone you love, contact Dr. Christensen by calling (432) 684-7424.