July 29, 2018
Who has better oral habits, men or women? The studies say that women have won this battle of the sexes! Studies show that women not only visit the dentist more often than men do, they also have a better understanding about what good oral health requires. It seems that they also have a more positive attitude about oral hygiene at home and regular visits to the dentist. Your dentist in Fremont explains what you should know about optimum oral health.
What is Periodontal Health?
The study also found that women have a better knowledge and understanding of periodontal disease than men do. This is important because you can monitor your own oral health at home if you know what to look for and how to protect your teeth and gums.
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of your gums and jawbone, which are the main support system for your teeth. Gum disease occurs when excess plaque buildup causes irritation to your gums and they become separated from your teeth, allowing bacteria below your gum line.
While the progress is slow at first, you have to be aware because gum disease can be hard to diagnose in the beginning because there are no symptoms or pain. This is why routine visits to your dentist are so important whether your teeth hurt or not.
Some early signs of gum disease are:
- Gums that appear red, irritated, or swollen
- Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
The Oral Systemic Connection
Another reason that taking care of your periodontal health is so important is because we now have a better understanding of how periodontal health is related to your overall health and well-being.
Additional studies have shown us that the same bacteria that causes gum disease can also contribute to other health concerns in the body such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and vice versa.
Having good oral health habits at home such as consistent daily brushing and flossing with the proper technique and being committed to visiting your dentist every six months is the best way to manage and protect your oral health.
Whether you are male or female, your dentist in Fremont wants to help educate patients about their oral health, so they will be able to enjoy the benefits of optimum oral health and overall health and well-being.
About James Block Dentistry
Dr. James Block comes from a long line of excellent dentists, which makes him committed to providing the best dental care possible. He also has an extensive understanding of how oral health is connected to overall health, which is why he takes a whole health approach to dentistry.
If you would like to contact Dr. Block, he can be reached through his website or by calling 510-793-0801.
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