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MEN'S ORAL HEALTH

Why is Oral Health Important? Taking Care of Your Teeth.
Why is Periodontal Disease a 
Problem for Men
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Looking for a Better Job? Visit Your Dentist
Medications, Men and Dental Health. Top Tips for Men to Visit Their Dentist
Tobacco Use Gadgets for Men
Do you Play Sports? Men, Smoking and Oral Health


   Men's Oral Health

     Men of all ages are more likely than women to have more periodontal disease.  A recent survey found that:

bullet34 % of males aged 30-54 had gum disease, compared to 23 % of females.
bullet56% of males aged 55 to 90 have gum disease compared to 44% of females.
bulletMore than 1/3 of men have not had a dental checkup in the past year.  
bulletMen only brush their teeth 1.9 times per day.

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Periodontal Disease and Men

     Periodontal disease or gum disease is a result of plaque which hardens into a rough, porous substance called tartar.  The toxins produced and release by bacteria found in tartar irritate gums.  These toxins cause the breakdown of fibers that anchor the gum tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets that fill with even more toxins and bacteria.

     This disease may result in more serious health consequences such as diabetes.  So you need to see your dentist if you have:

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Bleeding gum during brushing

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Red, swollen or tender gums

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Persistent bad breath

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Loose or separating teeth

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See your dentist before you go on trips to prevent dental problems for affecting your trip

Medications

    Men are more likely to be on medications for their heart and also on medication that can cause dry mouth.  If you take medications for the heart, blood pressure or anti-depressants your salivary flow could be inhibited increasing your risk for dental cavities.

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Tobacco Use

     If you smoke or chew you have a GREATER risk for gum disease and oral cancer.  Men are affected twice as often as women and 90% of oral cancers occur in those over 45 years of age.  If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, oral cancer can spread causing chronic pain, loss of function, disfigurement and even death.  

    If you use tobacco it is important to see your dentists for frequently cleanings and gum tissue exams to ensure your mouth remains health and to receive a thorough screening for oral cancer.

Men, Smoking and Oral Health

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Sports and Men

     If you participate in sports you have a greater potential for oral and dental trauma to your teeth.  If you play contact sports such as football, soccer, basketball and even baseball is is important to use a mouthguard that is worn in athletic and recreational activites to protect your teeth from trauma.

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Taking Care of Men's Teeth

     To take better care of our oral health needs it is important to:

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Brush your teeth twice a day.

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Floss daily.

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Visit your dentist at least twice a year for exams and cleanings.

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Use a soft bristled toothbrush with bristles that are not frayed

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Buy a new toothbrush every 3 months or after you have been sick.

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Using toothpaste with fluoride can reduce your tooth decay by as much as 40%.

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Diet Changes Because of Tooth Loss Could Lead to Heart Risk 

Changes in diet because of tooth loss could increase the risk of developing chronic ailments, including cardiovascular disease, according to a study in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). In the study, researchers assessed the relationship between tooth loss and changes in diet over an eight-year period among 31,813 male health professionals. They focused on consumption of specific foods and nutrients associated with cardiovascular and other systemic diseases.  The results of this study support the detrimental impact of tooth loss on dietary intake. Results suggest that changes in diet owing to tooth loss could contribute to an increased risk of chronic disease that has been associated with poor dentition.  According to the study, the dietary change of men who lost five or more teeth was unhealthier than that of men who lost no teeth.  www.rdh.net 10/03

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Harvard Medical School researchers studied longevity and found one of the most important contributing factors was daily flossing. Because it removes bacteria from the teeth and gums, flossing helps to prevent periodontal disease and gingivitis. Another study found that men with periodontitis had a whopping 72% greater risk of developing coronary disease. Gingivitis was associated with a 42% increased risk for men. Nov 02

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Looking for a Better Job?  Start by Visiting Your Dentist

Visiting your dentist can help to improve your smile and a great smile has a lot of value in the business world.  Most men worked for one or two employers throughout a lifetime and many did not think about the way their overall appearance affected their professional life.  

That is not the reality today with lay-offs and company closing across the board middle aged men are now competing for jobs with younger men, making appearance a heightened factor in their lives.

Also overall health greatly benefits by seeing your dentist twice a year.  Proper maintenance and bi-annual checkups are the key to improving the way one looks and feels. **

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Top Tips for Men to Visit their Dentist:
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Detection of Periodontal Disease, 34 percent of males ages 30-54 and 56 percent of males ages 55 to 90 have

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Detection of Oral Cancer, men are affected twice as often as women by oral cancer

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Detection of Dry Mouth, since men are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, they also are more likely to be on medication that can cause dry mouth.  If you take medication for the heart or blood pressure, or anti-depressants your salivary flow could be inhibited, increasing the your risk for dental caries and causing difficulty in tasting, chewing and swallowing.**

Source: DentalNotes, Oct 2001 pg 26.
          
DentalNotes Winter 2001 pg 4

    Chew On This-Dental Tips for Hunters and Fishermen

February 06, 2008

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