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Beards, manscaping, hair gel, man caves, and self-grooming galore! In today’s world, men are taking charge of their aesthetic and their health, and dental health should be no different … that’s why we’re tackling dental health for men in this article.

Good dental health for men equals good overall health, as all parts of the body are interconnected. In fact, men are more commonly dealing with gum disease than women, making oral health even more important.

Let’s take a look at six quick facts from the American Dental Association about dental health for men.

  1. In comparison to women, the average male is less likely to brush his teeth twice a day, and less likely to brush his teeth after every meal.
  2. Men are more likely to have untreated dental decay.
  3. Men are more likely to neglect their oral health.
  4. Men have a higher risk of cardiac disease – medications for this disease can cause dry mouth or oral issues. There’s also evidence of a link between heart disease and gum disease, making dentists the first line of defense.
  5. Women are twice as likely to visit their dentist for a checkup.
  6. Poor gum health can be a sign of prostate issues, Alzheimer’s, and impotence in men. Inflammation in the body is often also shown in the gums. Regular gum checkups can help check for early warning signs.

Related Article: How to Avoid Gum Disease and What You Need to Know

Read more about how the Top Common Dental Problems can be prevented HERE.

 

Take Charge of Men’s Oral Health

There are 3 major things that you can implement into your daily routine to significantly improve your oral health, and your overall health as a result.

  • See your dentist on the regular. Dentists can often detect early signs of oral and health issues, such as gum disease – which could lead to more serious health problems such as heart disease. Essentially, gum disease increases your risk for heart disease. So, regular checkups and cleanings are a great way to stay proactive and reduce your risk.
  • Gum disease treatment. If gum disease is detected, there are multiple treatment options to help! Scaling, root planing, and antibiotics are common treatments for early stages of gum disease. For advanced stages of gum disease, surgery may be required. Treatment can help reverse the effects of gum disease and lead to a healthier mouth and body.  Learn more about gum disease treatment options HERE.
  • Coping with medicines that cause dry mouth. Since men are more likely at risk for heart disease, they make take medications to help, but have a side-effect of dry mouth. Dry mouth can increase the risk of cavities because bacteria-killing saliva is reduced. Talk with your doctor and dentist about your medication’s side effects.

 

Dental Health for Men: CHEERS to the Dads

We applaud all the Dad’s out there and wish them a Happy Father’s Day. All the little things you do, set an example for your little ones, brushing your teeth and going to the dentist are included in that long list of “all the things”. It’s important for kids to see your routine, to understand why it’s part of your routine and why it should be important to them as well.

Related Article: I’m Busy! Do I Really Need to Schedule My Dental Exam?

 

Premier Dental Has You Covered

Now that you understand that taking care of your physical health is more than what you eat and hitting the gym, schedule your appointment with Dr. Caye at Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit.

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and invisible braces in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including tooth replacement options, such as dental implants and dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

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Dear Premier Dental Family,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines, including routine dental appointments.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

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Hello Friends,

During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at the office of Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.

Dr. Caye is available for Emergency Dental Appointments. Please call 816-600-6330.

You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.

In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:

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We’re SMILING because February is National Childrens Dental Health Month and we LOVE our Little Patients!! When you have small kiddos, like we do, it can be overwhelming to make sure you’re doing “all the things” to keep these tiny humans healthy and happy! To take some of the guess work out of this subject, we’re going to focus this blog on some questions about childrens dental health that we, as dental professionals AND parents, can answer.

First, let’s explain what National Childrens Dental Health Month is … it was introduced in the month of February by the American Dental Association as an observance to bring together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, caregivers, teachers and many others.

For us, it’s a great opportunity to promote the benefits of childrens dental health, because developing healthy dental habits at an early age, including brushing and scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

We want our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles and we love to help educate families about their dental health, so let’s get started!

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Eating Disorders Can Cause Dental Problems

The body is all interconnected. When something is wrong in one area, other areas can also be greatly affected. Eating disorders are an example of this phenomenon within the body.

Related Article: Oral Health Problems and Overall Health: How Connected Are They?

When you experience an eating disorder, other parts of your body, such as your teeth and gums, may be affected in a way you never thought possible. For example, eating behaviors can affect your oral health in many ways, such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Soft palate damage
  • Tissue/enamel loss
  • Redness and cuts inside the mouth
  • Discoloration
  • And more

See more information HERE regarding signs, symptoms, side effects and dental problems caused by bulimia from EatingDisorderHope.com.

Related Article: Tooth Decay: Don’t Be A Statistic 

Your Dentist Can Help

According to Eating Disorder Hope, “dentists are recognized as being some of the first health care professionals to whom a previously undiagnosed eating disorder patient (EDP) may present.”

Read more on the resources provided by Eating Disorder Hope HERE.

Dentists can be essential in identifying the first signs of an eating disorder. Without identifying dental issues, someone could live with an eating disorder for years without any help. If your dentist asks you about your signs or symptoms, consider being honest and open with them to take the first step toward recovery and improved oral health.

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It’s a busy time of year. Our stomachs are already grumbling in anticipation of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Our minds are busy thinking about Christmas presents and holiday breaks from the workroom. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves and instead get lost in the busyness of it all. However, no matter how busy we may be, it’s so vital to keep up with our oral health and hygiene. No one wants to worry about a cavity or a filling around the holidays, and that’s why it’s crucial to check in with your dentist before the end of the year.

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Ghosts, goblins, hauntings, and scary sightings. Halloween is a day where adults and kids alike can forget about being themselves for a day and transform into something, or someone, else. Whether you have plans to dress up as someone frightening or adorable, be aware of the effects certain candies and treats can have on you, or your kids, teeth. Make the most out of Halloween by having a few treats, without overindulging, and keep tooth decay at bay.

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Have you heard about the dangerous vaping trend?

Cherry, strawberry shortcake, blueberry bliss, and mint chip; the flavors of vape juice are completely endless and appealing. The trend seems fun and exciting for many, with so many flavor combinations and accessories. People are vaping all around the world, with as estimated number of 41 million people participating in vaping and e-cigarettes this year, according to the BBC. However, with more information emerging about the health dangers of vaping, it’s not surprising to learn that vaping has some major negative effects to your oral health as well.

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Sports are on the rise, and nearly 40 percent of all dental injuries (more than 5 million teeth) are sports-related, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety. Mouthguards aren’t often a requirement when playing sports, but, according to the same statistics, athletes who do not wear mouthguards are more than 60 times as likely to damage their teeth and gums.

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Poor dental hygiene can lead to problems that are more severe than the average cavity or case of bad breath. Gum disease is most commonly the result of poor dental hygiene and is the inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, according to www.medicinenet.com. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment for various stages of gum disease can set you on a proactive path to avoiding a disappointing dental visit.

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