National Men’s Health Month highlights preventable health issues in men and boys and emphasizes the importance of early detection for treatment of diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 11.9% of men 18 years and older are considered to have fair or poor health. Men are not doing too well with dental health, either. Only 49% of men take proper care of their teeth by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, as opposed to 57% of women. Dr. Young knows that your mouth has an important impact on your physical wellbeing, and he is dedicated to helping you establish and maintain good health.
What is the Mouth-Body Connection?
The mouth-body connection, or oral-systemic health, describes the connection between your oral health and the health of your whole body. Plaque and bacteria continuously form around your teeth and gums. When left alone, these elements weaken tooth enamel and sap teeth of essential nutrients and minerals. Bacteria also attack your gums, erode the connective tissue that holds your gums to your teeth, and ultimately cause tooth loss. Studies show that oral infections, like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, have been linked to potentially fatal systemic diseases. The bad bacteria that attack your mouth’s defenses can also enter into your bloodstream through the infected soft gum tissue. Once in your bloodstream, the bacteria travel throughout your body and can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and other diseases.
Protect Your Health with Regular Checkups
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist for a comprehensive dental cleaning and checkup at least twice a year. Dr. Young will perform a thorough examination to spot signs of tooth decay or gum disease. This includes a visual screening for signs of oral cancer and an examination of digital X-rays for diagnostics. Your checkup will allow you to treat oral infections before they have a chance to spread.
A comprehensive dental exam also assists in early systemic disease detection. Some of the earliest signs of a potentially fatal disease can manifest as lesions in the mouth or other oral problems. Dr. Young will closely monitor the state of your oral health to detect any irregularities that may indicate trouble. If you are in or near the 70508 area and would like to schedule an appointment with your Lafayette dentist, call our office at (337) 237-6453.