Differences in hormones and lifestyles can impact the ways in which gum disease impacts men and women. We previously looked at the different ways women experience gum disease. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the ways gum disease can impact men specifically.
Periodontal health is crucial for men and women as it can affect many other areas of a person’s overall health. Studies show periodontal disease is higher in men than in women (56.4 percent vs. 38.4 percent). There may be several reasons for this. Men are often less likely to go to the dentist routinely. Additionally, men may have worse indicators of periodontal health than women such as higher incidences of plaque, tartar, and bleeding upon probing. It is essential that men visit the periodontist to ensure their periodontal health as poor periodontal health can impact men’s health in several huge ways.
Prostate health and periodontal health may be associated. An enzyme called prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is created in the prostate and is normally secreted in small amounts. When the prostate becomes inflamed or infected, PSA levels rise. Studies show PSA is found in higher levels in men with periodontal disease indicators like red, swollen, or tender gums and prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate than with men who suffer from only one of these conditions.
Studies indicate that cardiovascular disease is associated with periodontal disease. In other words, having periodontal disease may actually increase your risk of heart disease. Both heart disease and periodontal disease are diseases of chronic inflammation. Researches have concluded that likely inflammation is the connection between cardiovascular disease and heart disease. Men are more likely to develop heart disease than women. As a man, it is imperative that you maintain periodontal health as a way of reducing your risk of heart disease.
Research has shown that men who have a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. Men with periodontal disease specifically may be 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers than women.
Learn more about periodontal disease and men at the American Academy of Periodontology’s site, the source for the information provided in this blog post.
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