We know that June is special for dads, because we celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday of the month. Besides indulging on food and lavish gifts for our dads, why not spare a thought for their health. The most important men in our lives, our dads, should be taking care of their overall wellness and health, this and every month.
Unfortunately, there is a men's health crisis due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and culturally induced behavior patterns. The men's health crisis is seen most dramatically in mortality figures. In the early 1900s, the life expectancy of males and females was roughly the same. Increasingly, the life expectancy for men has dropped in comparison with that of women.
Dentists have been telling us for years that the mouth can offer clues about overall health, and that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. Brushing and flossing our teeth daily is important to avoid gum disease and the risks gum disease places on overall health.
Doctors estimate that 85% of adult Singaporeans (Adult Oral Health Survey 2003, HPB) have some form of gum disease, which has been linked to serious health complications. Studies suggest that gingivitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke because of the high levels of bacteria found in infected areas of the mouth.
When you need a gift for dad or other men in your life, instead of getting him the standard tie or Father's Day card, help him stay heart healthy:
Water flossing can drastically diminish gum disease and related health complications.
When used in conjunction with normal brushing, Waterpik water flossers are clinically proven to be significantly more effective at improving gum health than a traditional oral care routine.