Heart Disease and Dental Health—Why Men Should be More Vigilant

family recreationAs children, most of us were taught the importance of dental hygiene and, and some have continued the habit of brushing and flossing their teeth at least twice a day, every day. According to surveys from the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, it seems more women have carried on the tradition than men. Approximately 50% of the men surveyed said they brush their teeth twice a day, compared to 57% of women (while men trail in this number, it is important for women to improve their statistics, as well). Aside from a lack of diligent hygiene, however, other factors and lifestyle choices contribute the fact that men are more likely to develop dental diseases than women. With recent studies indicating that poor oral health can significantly increase your risk of developing certain heart diseases, the importance of a clean mouth is more apparent than ever. Cupertino, CA, dentist Dr. LaFrom examines how inadequate dental hygiene can contribute to one of the deadliest diseases among us.

A Travelling Band of Misfits

The male tendency to neglect daily brushing can allow dental plaque to buildup relentlessly on your teeth and gums. You may be familiar with the sticky substance that sometimes clings to your teeth, but you may not be aware that this substance is made almost entirely of bacteria. There are over 600 different kinds of bacteria in your mouth, and scientists have pinpointed a select few for their unique properties that threaten your oral health. Porphyromonas gingivalis, for instance, are known to manipulate your body’s immune system to neutralize the processes that would normally destroy them. The resulting inflammation is a leading cause of the damage that gum disease wreaks on your teeth’s supporting gum tissue and jawbone.

When your gums are afflicted with periodontitis (advanced gum disease), chewing or speaking can cause them to bleed, allowing oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. In the case of P. gingivalis, the germ’s presence has been detected in the buildup of plaque found in the arteries of heart disease patients. By inciting inflammation in your heart’s tissues and blood vessels, the gum disease germ could cause more serious harm to your heart and other areas of your body as it travels throughout your bloodstream. If you notice your gums are inflamed or bleeding, visit your dentist in Cupertino, CA, as soon as possible to reduce your risk of resounding complications.

Better Dental Health in Silicon Valley

Keeping your mouth clean is important whether you are male or female, but according to the studies, the male gender has more to improve when it comes to dental health and hygiene. To learn more about maintaining your good oral health, schedule a dental consultation with your Cupertino, CA, dentist  by calling LaFrom Dentistry at (408) 996-8595. Located in the 95014 area, we proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on February 24, 2013.

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