Good Dental Hygiene Is Important (Even For Busy Guys)
Brushing and flossing isn’t just about nice clean teeth and fresh breath. Healthy teeth and gums are important to your overall health. Maintaining healthy gums requires good dental care habits. Yes it’s about preventing gum disease and cavities. And any pain and bleeding when you brush means it’s time to call the dentist for a checkup. But is it really that important to take the effort to fit in a visit to the dentist? These medical stats proves it sure is!
Research published in the The Lancet Oncology and reported by the American Academy of Periodontology found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. In fact, researchers uncovered that men with periodontal ( gum ) disease may be:
- 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer
- 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer
- 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers Other research suggests a link between gum disease and other conditions such as erectile dysfunction, heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Just do it!
Try making it a habit like going to the gym. A habit that will save you problems down the road. Gum disease can be managed with daily brushing and flossing, and of course, regular dental hygiene visits. Overdue for a cleaning? Invest in your health and schedule a cleaning and check-up today. The caring practice of Dr. Silverman on the Upper West Side welcomes new patients and is always there to answer your questions and concerns. Insurance and payment plans available.