What do you love the most about your dad? Whatever your answer, your dad’s smile is one of the special things about him.
Dads are responsible for many things, but sometimes they put their own healthcare –- including dental care — in last place on their “honey do” list.
According to a recent (May 5, 2014) Gallup poll, one-third of Americans had no dental visit last year. Women are more likely than men to report visiting the dentist annually.
However, married adults are more likely to visit than single adults. Sounds like other family members may have an influence on Dad?
Dental visits support Dad’s health
By visiting the dentist, dads take better care of themselves and prevent the more serious conditions that can result from poor dental health. Lack of dental visits can lead to periodontal disease, a disease of the gums and bones which support the teeth. Periodontal disease leads to tooth loss.
Dental health and heart health
There also seems to be a connection between dental health and heart health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (heart disease).
The connection may be related to the presence of more harmful bacteria and inflammation in the body, or simply reflect that an individual’s health – and medical care – is lacking in many areas.
Taking care of his own health – including his dental health – is one of the best gifts that a dad can give his family.
Whether a dad has missed just a few dental appointments or many, he’ll find a welcoming environment at Whitmore Dental. Call Dee Dee or Janet at 972-985-1580 for an appointment.