Mustaches, Men’s Health, and How They’re Related

Smiling man with moustacheHave you noticed the new trend that’s growing on those around you? That’s right, it’s Movember – a month-long moustache-growing event to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health. Also known as Novembeard, the event raises millions of dollars worldwide for cancer research. Additionally, November 19th is International Men’s Day. Are you taking care of your health this month? Most men could use a reminder.

Compared to women, men are less likely to brush their teeth, more likely to have periodontal disease, and have fewer dental visits overall. As you know, periodontal disease (gum disease) affects more than just your mouth – it increases your risk of serious health conditions, like stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease) is only reversible if caught in the first stage, gingivitis. Left untreated, periodontitis can lead to loss of bone mass and teeth. It is the primary cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.

Men vs. Women: Who Has More Oral Cancer?

Men are twice as likely as women to have oral cancer, which is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. Early detection is essential to successful treatment. If oral cancer is caught in Stage 1, the five-year survival rate is around 90%. However, the overall five-year survival rate is around 57%, as it is often undetected until later stages. Using alcohol and tobacco (even smokeless tobacco) increases your risk of developing oral cancer. However, new cases in patients with no known risk factors are increasing – even if you don’t smoke or drink, you may still be at risk.

How Can I Have Better Health?

Dr. Seal wants to remind you, men, to pay attention to your mouth – it’s the first place you may notice signs of a serious problem. Sore, bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal disease; tender spots may be cancerous. Keep track of any changes you notice, and inform your dentist or physician. Dr. Seal is a prosthodontist, so he offers contemporary solutions to replace missing teeth. If you’d like to discuss dental implants, bridges, partials, or dentures, call our Dallas office today at (214) 361-0883. We serve patients near Mockingbird Station, SMU, Park Cities, Katy Trail, and the greater North Dallas area.