Gum disease is one of the few diseases that causes different reactions to men and women. For women, gum disease can arise during any major hormonal change. This includes: pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and even throughout a menstrual cycle. Since men don’t experience as many hormonal changes, periodontal disease triggers other vital systems. To warn patients about male-related illnesses associated with gum disease, Dr. Diep Truong, your Dallas, TX dentist, provides the following blog post.
Consequences of Untreated Gum Disease for Men
- Decline in prostate health. Prostate cancer is one of the leading cause of death amongst men. Yet, men with periodontal disease have an increased risk of developing the illness. This is due to a naturally secreted enzyme in the prostate called the prostate-specific antigen (PSA). While this enzyme secretes in minimal amounts in a healthy man, men with gum disease and prostate cancer alike tend to secrete roughly double the normal amount.
- Increased heart disease risk. Many studies have show the link between heart disease and periodontal disease. However, men already have an increased risk of developing heart disease—gum disease only makes that possibility even more likely.
- Impotence. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease and prolonged inflammation causes damage to the blood vessels. Therefore, men with untreated cases of gum disease become more susceptible to impotence—as per a study conducted by the American Urological Association.
- Increased cancer risk. As aforementioned, gum disease places men under a greater risk for prostate cancer and prostate-related health issues. Additionally, men with gum disease become 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer over women. These increased risk factors extend to pancreatic and blood cancers, too.
Visit Viva Dental for an Oral Examination and a Clean Bill of Oral Health
Gum disease affects men and women differently; however, overall, the disease is detrimental to your body. If you’re interested in learning more about oral illnesses and diseases, consult with Dr. Truong. To schedule an appointment with our Dallas, TX dental practice, call us at (214) 337-7800. Also, visit our website for services, reviews, to learn more about our dental team. We happily serve new and existing patients in North Oak Cliff, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Richardson, Carrolton, Garland, Addison, Farmers Branch, and nearby suburbs.