Know any men? Maybe your husband, father, brother or son. If there’s a man in your life, then chances are you know someone who has ignored his health in one way or another. Men are notorious for not paying close attention to their health. Well, June is Men’s Health Month. So now is a great time to discuss oral health, an important component of general health. In honor of Men’s Health Month, read on to learn about oral health concerns from a dentist in Arlington and how your dentist can help to ensure overall health.
Gum Disease and the Rest of Your Body
Red and swollen gums that sometimes bleed when you brush or floss are one of the first signs of gum disease, a bacterial infection that is initially caused by plaque. Gingivitis is the first stage. At this point, a professional dental cleaning and more stringent oral hygiene at home may reverse the effects. Left untreated, however, gingivitis can advance to become periodontitis, which may lead to gum recession, bone loss underneath your gums and eventually tooth loss. In addition, gum disease has been linked to diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
The sad fact is men are more likely than women to have gum disease, and that is true in all age groups. Although periodontal disease is not curable, it is treatable and can be prevented from advancing with proper brushing and flossing, dental checkups with the dentist in Arlington and a nutritious diet.
Early Detection of Oral Cancer
Who better to check for the signs of oral cancer than the dentist near me? With dental checkups twice a year, there’s a good chance a visible warning sign will be spotted early. Here are some signs and symptoms of oral cancer:
- A sore on your lips or in your mouth that bleeds and refuses to heal
- A spot in any soft tissue that hurts or is numb
- A patch of tissue that is red or white, smooth or scaly
- A lump anywhere in the oral cavity, along your jaw or down your neck
- A sore throat that won’t go away
- An earache without infection
If you experience any of these symptoms, or if you have a family history of oral cancer, then seeing a dentist in Arlington is very important. The life you save may be your own.
Men, don’t be stubborn. Call today to schedule a dental checkup with your Arlington dentist.
Meet the Author
Dr. Ravi Doctor is a family dentist in Southlake and Arlington. He and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants offer a comprehensive menu of services to help ensure the health of your teeth and gums and enhance the appearance of your smile. Call the office today to schedule an appointment.