At The Smile Generation, we love Movember because we believe every mustache deserves a healthy smile underneath. Ever since it began in 2003, The Movember Foundation has raised over $750 million to help fund over 1,200 men’s health projects.1 And there’s nothing fuzzy about the clear link between oral and overall health. We call this The Mouth-Body Connection®. That’s especially true for men in these three areas.
Oral Cancer And Men’s Health
Cancer.net reported that rates of oral and oropharyngeal cancer are nearly twice as high in men as women, with an estimated 7,760 men dying from one of these diseases in 2020. But with early diagnosis and treatment, the survival rate is 80-90%. Oral cancer screening is a simple procedure that can easily and quickly be done during a regular dental exam. For people at higher risk, VELscope® screening provides an opportunity to catch any abnormalities in the mouth well before they could be detected with the naked eye. Of course guys—for that to happen, you need to schedule a dental appointment every six months, not every six years.
Oral Health and Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S., accounting for about one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. What’s more, research shows that people with gum disease are two to three times more likely to suffer from a heart attack or other serious cardiovascular issue.2 With men already more likely to develop heart disease than women, maintaining good oral health is a good way to reduce the risk.
Oral Health and Erectile Dysfunction
A study by The Journal Of Oral Diseases (2016) shows erectile dysfunction popping up in almost twice as many men with gum disease. A study from The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed men in their thirties with gum disease were three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.3 That information alone should be enough to encourage guys to floss like your (sex) life depends on it.
How You Can Improve Your Oral Health
There’s no mystery to it. Brush and floss twice a day, eat more fruits and vegetables, rinse your mouth with water after meals, go easy on alcohol-based mouthwash, and get regular dental checkups twice a year. Smile Generation can help you find a trusted dentist nearby. (We’ll even give you the directions so you don’t have to ask).
3- Oguz et al. "Is There a Relationship Between Chronic Periodontitis and Erectile Dysfunction?" The Journal of Sexual Medicine 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02974.x