Men are nearly twice as likely as women to develop gum disease. Symptoms of this common oral health problem may include:

  • Red or swollen gum tissue
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushed
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A persistent bad taste in the mouth

When left untreated, gum disease may present symptoms including:

  • Loose teeth
  • Pus in between teeth
  • Gum tissue pulling away from teeth
  • Tooth loss

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you get in touch with Dr. Wilcox to schedule an examination. Left untreated, gum disease can have a profound impact on the health and life expectancy of males.

Men’s Health Month


June is Men’s Health Month and a perfect time to consider the impact gum disease has on men in particular. Complications linked to untreated gum disease exceed tooth loss and potential jaw shrinkage to include increased risks for:

  • Heart attack and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Esophageal and pancreatic cancer
  • Dementia

Gum disease is also linked to erectile dysfunction.

This June, take time to schedule a routine cleaning and examination at our Glendale office. During this appointment, Dr. Wilcox will carefully examine your gums for any signs of infection, allowing him to provide swift treatment when needed to help prevent more serious health issues from occurring.

To schedule your next appointment at Desert Smiles, please call 602-978-1790 today.

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