This June, your dentists in Midtown Manhattan are honoring national Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day by raising awareness of the importance of good preventive dental care for all of our patients. Did you know that an infection in your gums or periodontal disease, can lead to serious problems with your overall wellbeing? Heart problems are associated with the condition that affects some 75 percent of Americans. Keep reading to learn more from the Drs. Boyd!
Link Between Gingiva or Gum Disease, Heart Health
When you have periodontal disease, you experience inflammation in the gingiva that affects the bone and surrounding teeth. The condition is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35 — but its effects go beyond the mouth. In fact, one recent study shows that the presence of periodontal disease can increase the risk for heart attack by nearly 50 percent. Stroke, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are also far more common in patients who suffer from periodontal disease.
Fortunately, treating periodontal disease reduces inflammation in the gingiva and can simultaneously reduce the symptoms of associated health conditions. But the condition is often left untreated due to a lack of preventive dental care. Educating yourself on the symptoms of periodontal disease can help you seek a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
Signs you may be suffering from gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums (especially after brushing and flossing)
- Tender, red, swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession, or when the gums appear to be pulling away from the teeth
If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from periodontal disease, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for gum disease treatment with the Drs. Boyd. And what better time to restore your gum health than during June, Men’s Health Month?
Preventing Periodontal Disease for Better Oral, General Health
The good news is that periodontal disease is easy to prevent with good preventive care and solid dental hygiene habits. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings will keep your teeth and gums healthy. Quitting tobacco use and maintaining a nutritious diet are also vital for continued dental health.
When was your last visit to the Drs. Boyd? If it’s been more than six months, or if you’re unsure of the last time you sat back in the dentist’s chair, remember that regular preventive dental care is vital for your oral and overall well-being.
June is the perfect time to recommit to your health! Schedule your visit in honor of Men’s Health Month today.