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Men's Periodontal Health, Men have higher risk than women for gum disease and complications that can result in cancer, heart disease and more!
Don't ignore your gums, guysShorter life spans. Greater risk for heart attacks. Higher rates of cancer. As if men don’t
have it tough enough, studies report that periodontal disease is more prevalent and severe in males
than in females. In fact, the January, 1999 Journal of Periodontology reports that at the very least,
34 percent of the U.S. male population age 30 to 54 has periodontitis, compared to 23 percent of females.
Part of the reason for this is attributed to poorer oral hygiene among males than females. Further
reasoning for the gender difference remains unclear, but may have something to do with a protective
effect of female hormones.
So why should men be concerned? First of all, periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. After age 65, almost 25 percent of men have no remaining natural teeth. However, don’t think tooth loss is a problem you won’t face until old age. Tooth loss due to periodontal disease can strike people in their 30's and younger.
And maybe more importantly, the pool of research linking periodontal disease to far more serious health threats, such as heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes, continues to grow.
One study found that people with advanced periodontal disease are 4.5 times more likely to have a chronic respiratory disease. Another study found that people with periodontal disease may have nearly twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack as those without periodontal disease. While periodontal disease cannot always be avoided, proper oral hygiene is the best means of prevention.
- Daily flossing breaks up the bacterial colonies between teeth, and proper brushing prevents plaque buildup.
- Professional cleanings at least twice a year are necessary to remove calculus from places your toothbrush and floss may have missed.
- And, because there are often no symptoms of the disease in its early stages, a trip to a periodontist can determine if you have periodontal disease
Just for menFace your fears According to a 1999 AAP online poll, 47 percent of periodontists say that their male patients are more often fearful of periodontal treatment, while only 11 percent find their female patients to be the more fearful gender. Share your anxiety with your dentist, periodontist and their staffs. They are prepared to help. The survey also revealed that the top origins of dental fear are family and friends or a personal bad experience more than 10 years ago. Realize that advances in the ability to treat periodontal conditions in a comfortable way have come a long way in recent years.
Chew on thisSmokeless tobacco products such as snuff and chewing tobacco increase your risk for oral
cancer. In fact, oral mucosal lesions are found in 50 to 60 percent of smokeless tobacco users.
And, smokeless tobacco use has been associated with more severe and rapidly progressing periodontal disease.
Don’t skip the tripDental care utilization rates are lower among men than women. According to a 1997 American
Dental Association/Gallup phone survey, one in four men reported they hadn’t visited a dentist in the
past year. In addition, a study in the June, 1999 Journal of Periodontology found that well over half
of males under age 40 who have undergone nonsurgical periodontal treatment are likely to drop out
of periodontal maintenance therapy. Periodontal diseases are chronic diseases, and without this
careful, ongoing treatment, disease can and often does recur.
Make it a mate ritualOne study, which examined 58 elderly couples, found that long-married partners had strikingly similar tooth-care habits. So men may want to begin flossing with their significant others before bed as part of their evening ritual. Good oral care will help ward off periodontal disease and tooth loss.
Posted by Anonymous at 12/02/2016 09:41:00 AM
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Feeling antsy about your dental plan?
Sorting through the complexities of insurance plans can be difficult. However, ultimately, patients are responsible for knowing what their coverage is. Plan sponsors (usually the employer) are required to provide booklets detailing what is and what is not covered. The intent of all dental insurance is the same: to help pay a portion of the cost of dental care.
Virtually all plans limit the yearly dollar amount that will be paid.
Basically, three types of dental benefit plans exist: traditional, direct reimbursement and managed care.
Traditional or “fee-for-service” plans allow patients to seek care from the general dentist or specialist of their choice. Traditional plans provide benefits based upon either a fee schedule or a percentage of what the insurer determines to be usual, customary and reasonable (UCR) fees. Typically, most periodontal services are reimbursed at 80% of the UCR fee. In addition, patients may be responsible for the difference between the UCR fee and the dental office’s regular fee.
In a direct reimbursement plan, the patient pays the dental bill and submits the receipt to the employer for reimbursement. There are no restrictions other than the limitation on the total dollar amount that will be paid.
Managed care plans restrict your choice of dentists. They will only pay maximum benefits if the services are provided by a dentist in their plan. Like traditional plans, they limit the type and frequency of care and require the patient to pay the difference between the covered
amount and the dentist’s fee.
With all types of plans, it is important to evaluate other plan components, such as deductibles (the amount you pay personally before the dental insurance plan kicks in); copayments (your share of the financial responsibility for a specific dental service); limitations (such as waiting periods before coverage begins); exclusions (treatments not covered such as implants or preexisting conditions); and annual or lifetime maximum benefit (dollar limit of the insurer’s financial responsibility).
If a plan doesn’t cover a procedure that is recommended by your dentist, this does not mean the treatment isn’t needed. It just means the plan doesn’t cover it. Periodontal disease is a chronic disease that must be monitored closely. Talk with your dentist and periodontist about the treatment you need and ask about financing options. If you value oral health and keeping your teeth, the fact that your plan does not cover your treatment should not stop you from going ahead with that treatment.
Common questions answered
What should I do if I have a concern or complaint about my dental plan?
Dental benefit plans are the result of a contract between your employer and the insurance company. Limitations in coverage are the result of the financial commitment your employer has agreed to make and the benefits the insurance company will offer in exchange for that commitment. Your dentist often cannot answer specific questions about your dental benefit or predict what your level of coverage will be because plans vary according to these contracts. Therefore, your concerns should be directed to your employer (usually the human resource department or benefits manager).
Can I refer myself to a periodontist?
Under traditional plans, you can see the dental specialist of your choice. Managed care
plans are based on a “gatekeeper” model so you may need to be referred by your general dentist in order to receive coverage for specialty treatment. In some plans, there are economic drawbacks for the general dentist to refer patients to specialists. Check to see if your access to specialty care will be restricted when evaluating plans.
What happens if my periodontist is not listed under my managed care plan?
Check to see if the plan has a “freedom of choice” or “point-of-service” option. These
enable you to seek care from a practitioner of your choice. Under most plans, you will not receive full benefits if you select a practitioner not associated with the plan. Of course, you can always go to the dentist of your choice if you are willing to pay yourself.
Posted by Anonymous at 10/21/2016 10:44:00 AM
Friday, September 30, 2016
MEN vs WOMEN: GENDER AND ORAL HEALTHPeriodontal disease and its associated complications affect both men and women, so it’s important that both sexes are doing everything they can to maintain their periodontal health. However, Research published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that women are more proactive in maintaining healthy teeth and gums than men. In fact, the study found that women are almost twice as likely to have received a regular dental check-up in the past year, and women in the study also had better
indicators of periodontal health, including lower incidence of dental plaque than men.
Overall, the study suggested that women have a better understanding of oral health, as well as a more positive attitude towards dental visits. This understanding is important for women, as hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s life may affect her periodontal health and, therefore, overall health. Certain life stages may increase women’s susceptibility to periodontal disease, which may require special attention:
• Puberty: Studies show that elevated hormone levels may cause an increase in gum sensitivity and lead to a greater inflammatory reaction, which can cause gums to become swollen, turn red, and feel
• Menstruation: During menstruation, some women may experience menstruation gingivitis, which may
cause gum bleeding, redness, or swelling of the gums between the teeth.
• Menopause: Hormonal changes may cause women to experience discomfort in their mouths, including pain, burning sensations in the gum tissue, or mouth sores.
Men have special periodontal health considerations, as well. A June 2008 Lancet Oncology study found that men with periodontal disease may be more likely to develop kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancers. Periodontal disease has also been linked to higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
Both men and women should strive for periodontal health by brushing twice each day, flossing
at least once each day, and seeing a dental professional, such as a periodontist, regularly.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to get a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year. A dental
professional, such as a periodontist, can conduct this exam to assess your periodontal
Oral Health Survey: Men vs. WomenA recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology found some
interesting results including:
• Women are 26 percent more likely than men to floss on a daily basis.
• 74 percent of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth (a possible consequence of
periodontal disease), compared to 57 percent of men.
• Women are almost twice as likely to notice missing teeth on another person than men.
• 44 percent of women are aware that periodontists can help
contribute to overall good health,
compared to 33 percent of men.
Posted by Anonymous at 9/30/2016 11:30:00 AM
Friday, September 23, 2016
Create a Beautiful Smile with Periodontal Plastic SurgeryA confident, beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice about your face. If you’re not happy with your smile, a periodontist can help! Just as cosmetic surgery has been helping people improve their appearance, several periodontal plastic surgery procedures are available to help enhance the aesthetics of your teeth and gums.
Here are some examples of popular procedures:
Crown lengthening is a procedure to remove excess gum tissue, exposing more of the “crown” of the tooth. This procedure is for patients who feel their teeth are too short or their gum line is uneven. The gum line is then sculpted to create the right proportion between gum tissue and tooth surface. This can be done to just one tooth, or to enhance your entire smile.
Dental ImplantsA dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in
place, or to provide support for a denture. Dental implants are the answer for many people with
missing or damaged teeth- implants look and feel just like your own teeth!
Ridge AugmentationRidge augmentation procedures are used to correct irregularities in the jawbone where your natural teeth are missing. They are also used to prevent the jawbone from collapsing after a tooth extraction, and help to even out dental implants that may seem too long compared to the rest of your teeth.
Pocket Depth ReductionDeep pockets caused by periodontal disease can be corrected through pocket depth reduction. This
procedure is used to clean the pockets and secure the gum tissue in its original place. Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to help maintain your healthy smile.
Combination ProceduresSometimes you may need a few of these procedures to build the framework for your perfect smile.
Often, periodontal plastic surgery is used to lay the foundation for further cosmetic enhancements,
such as orthodontics and veneers. A combination of periodontal procedures can result in a beautiful
new smile and improved periodontal health- your keys to smiling, eating, and speaking with comfort and confidence.
Posted by Anonymous at 9/23/2016 10:36:00 AM
Friday, September 16, 2016
Pregnancy and Periodontal DiseaseThere used to be an old wives’ tale that said “A tooth is lost for every child.” While it may seem far fetched, it may actually be based loosely on fact. Your teeth and gums can be affected by
pregnancy, just like other areas of your body.
Most commonly, pregnant women can develop gingivitis, or pregnancy gingivitis, beginning in
the second or third month and can increase in severity through the eighth month of pregnancy. During this time, some women notice
swelling, bleeding, redness, or tenderness in the gum tissue.
In some cases, gums swollen by pregnancy gingivitis can react strongly to local irritants and form a large lump. These growths, called pregnancy tumors, are not cancerous and are generally painless. They usually disappear
after pregnancy, but some may require removal by a dental professional, such as a periodontist. The best way to avoid periodontal conditions
associated with pregnancy is to begin with healthy gums. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, you should visit your
dentist or periodontist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation.
If you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, you need to know that your periodontal health
may affect the pregnancy and ultimately the health of your baby. Pregnant women who experience
periodontal disease during their pregnancies may be twice as likely to develop preeclampsia, which is
characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. It can put you
and your baby at risk for severe complications.
Additionally, studies have suggested that women who experience periodontal disease during pregnancy may be at risk of having a premature or low birth weight baby. The good news is
that researchers are making strides to find out exactly how periodontal disease affects pregnancy outcomes. Some studies have suggested that treating periodontitis during pregnancy may reduce the risks of a preterm birth. Preventing gum problems from developing during the stresses of pregnancy also appears to be important in improving the health of mother and baby.
If you are already pregnant and have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, treatment by
your dental professional may reduce your chances of having a preterm, low birth weight baby.
Talk to your dentist or periodontist for more information. If you’re considering pregnancy, it’s a good
idea to include a periodontal evaluation as part of your prenatal care. A healthy mouth can help
give you, and your baby, something to smile about!
Infertility TreatmentResearchers have found that women undergoing infertility treatment and who are subjected
to ovulation induction for more than three menstrual cycles had higher levels of gingival inflammation and bleeding. More studies are needed to examine the impact of infertility treatments on periodontal health. Until more information is known, meticulous at-home oral care
including routine tooth brushing and flossing and regular cleanings by a dental professional is a practical approach while receiving infertility treatment.
Posted by Anonymous at 9/16/2016 08:35:00 AM
Friday, September 2, 2016
Your Annual Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation (CPE)You already know that visiting your dental professional regularly for a check-up and cleaning is an essential part of keeping your oral health at its best. However, these visits may not specifically look for signs of periodontal disease.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recommends that you receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation, or CPE, annually to determine if you have or if you are at risk for periodontal disease. By assessing your periodontal health yearly, you and your dental professional will know how healthy your teeth and gums are, and will be better able to assess if you need additional treatment.
Your CPE can be performed at your regular yearly check-up by a member of the dental team, including a general dentist, registered dental hygienist, or periodontist.
Your dental professional will assess these six areas during your CPE:
1. Your Teeth: Your dental professional will examine your teeth and any restorations you might have, including dental fillings, dental implants, crowns, and dentures. During the examination of your teeth, he or she will note the position of the teeth and their closeness to one another.
2. Your Plaque: The amount and location of any plaque and/or tartar will be assessed
3. Your Gums: An instrument called a dental probe will be inserted into the space between your tooth and gums to measure the depth of your gum pockets and to see how well your gums attach to your teeth. Any bleeding that occurs during the probing process, as well as any inflammation of your gums, will also be recorded.
4. Your Bite: Your dental professional will then observe your bite, also known as occlusion. While you bite down, your dental professional will look to see how your teeth fit together and for any signs of tooth movement or loose teeth. This is important because moving or loose teeth can be a sign of periodontal disease.
5. Your Bone Structure: Your dental professional will examine the bone in and around your mouth since it can be affected by periodontal disease. X-rays may be taken to help evaluate the quality of bone in your upper and lower jaw areas and to determine if any bone loss has occurred.
6. Your Risk Factors: You will be asked about a variety of risk factors for periodontal disease, including age, tobacco use, if anyone else in your family has periodontal disease, or if you have another systemic condition that may be linked to periodontal disease, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
When your dental professional has finished your comprehensive periodontal evaluation, he or she will discuss the findings with you and explain if any treatment is needed. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about the evaluation, findings, or anything else regarding your oral health.
In addition to brushing twice each day, flossing at least once each day, and seeing your dental professional for regular cleanings, receiving your annual CPE is an essential part of your oral health routine.
Posted by Anonymous at 9/02/2016 10:45:00 AM