Ask Dr. Keith Silverman: Are Tender (Bleeding) Gums a Health Risk?

No time for a check up? What’s the worse that can happen?

You’re a busy guy. Really busy. We get it. But we regretfully inform you that any pain or bleeding when you brush is a sign your gums need care and this is the week to call the dentist. Invest in yourself and schedule a checkup before small problems turn into painful ones!

Bottom line, healthy teeth and gums are important to your overall health as well as preventing gum disease and cavities. These medical statistics prove it. Not to scare you, but 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 regular visits to your dentist just another good habit… like going to the gym or trying your best to eat healthy foods. It’s a habit that will save you expensive and potentially painful problems when you can least afford it. 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, gentle practice of Dr. Keith Silverman on the Upper West Side welcomes new patients and we’re always here to answer your questions and concerns. Insurance and payment plans available.

Finding the time to maintain healthy gums is an investment in YOU!

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