Periodontal Disease Treatment in Men
Most Canadians think that periodontal disease is isolated to the mouth, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Experts in periodontal health have realized that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease could be factors of inflammation elsewhere, leading to additional health concerns.
We at Periodontal Associates advise all of our clients in the Mississauga and surrounding areas (Brampton, Oakville, Etobicoke) to look into their individual risk factors with their primary medical practitioner.
Possible Impact of Periodontal Disease on Men
We all know that one guy who refuses to go to the dentist unless forced by his mom/wife/partner. You know the type; the one who thinks that if he doesn’t go, he will have perfect teeth until the end of time. But the dangers lurking behind his gums could be life-threatening and deserve to be identified, discussed and prevented.
Here are some of the common health issues associated with periodontal disease treatment in men:
Periodontal Disease & Impotence
Periodontal disease in men before the age 30 and after age 70 increase the risk of developing impotence. Studies suggest that prolonged chronic inflammation (like with periodontal disease in men) can damage blood vessels and lead to impotence.
Periodontal Disease & Prostate Health
Prostate health and periodontal health are intrinsically linked. When the prostate becomes inflamed or infected with prostatitis it secretes more of an enzyme called Prostate-specific anitgen (PSA). This enzyme serves as an indicator of cancer or other medical conditions in men. Men who have prostatitis in addition to symptoms of periodontal disease – red, swollen, irritated gums – have an even higher level of PSA than in men who have only one of the two conditions.
Periodontal Disease & Heart Health
Heart disease and periodontal disease are both chronic inflammatory conditions. Studies point to an even more intricate connection between the inflammations, suggesting that those with periodontal disease are at increased risk of contracting a heart disease. Preventing periodontal disease in men may go a long way towards reducing the risk of heart disease.
Periodontal Disease & Cancer
Men with periodontal disease run a higher risk than women of developing a number of cancers. They have a 49% higher risk of developing kidney cancer, 54% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer and a 30% higher risk of developing blood cancer. Additionally, men who have had periodontal disease have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer over men who have never had gum disease.
Our periodontal experts at Periodontal Associates have spent decades educating patients about the possible impact periodontal disease can have on other areas of their lives. The best possible solution is prevention. The prevention, or immediate detection, of periodontal disease can help you better prevent or identify possible health issues sooner.
Come talk to our experts if you have any concerns about your overall gum health. Call us at 647-360-9742 to book a consultation today and let us bring a healthy smile back to your life.