Hey guys! Listen up!

There are obvious differences between men and women. But what you may not realize is these differences extend into the world of dentistry and oral health as well. According to a survey by the American Dental Association (ADA), men are less likely to take care of their dental health than women. Just being male is one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups. Men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often neglect their oral health for years, visiting a dentist only when a problem arises. Therefore, over their lifetime, they receive far fewer dental checkups and cleanings than women. However, neglecting dental health impacts a person’s overall health, which in turn, can affect one’s longevity. Problems such as gum disease, oral cancer, decay and other oral health issues can go unnoticed until the disease has reached an advanced stage, making men more prone to developing these issues.

On average, men put themselves at more risk than women. So, when it comes to keeping your mouth and overall health in check, there are certain things you should avoid. Chewing tobacco, cigarette and cigar smoking, over-consumption of alcohol, and exposure to other carcinogens are all extremely harmful activities that can result in many health issues, including oral cancer. Men who partake in these activities are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women and the risk goes up after age 50.

Men are also more likely to play contact sports. A mouth guard is an essential part of your gear when on the field, the court or the rink. The best mouth guard is one made by your dentist. It is custom crafted for your mouth, providing the best fit and comfort. For bikers, wearing a helmet not only protects your head but offers protection to your mouth as well.

Periodontal (gum) disease causes the breakdown of fibers that anchor the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets that fill with more bacteria. Research has shown a connection between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, which can place people at risk for heart attacks and strokes. See your dentist if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums during brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

Certain medications can cause dry mouth, which means salivary flow can be inhibited, increasing the risk for cavities. It is important to always let your dentist know what medications you are taking.

So, what’s a guy to do? Take care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice daily and visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and oral health screenings. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Cooper now.

Sources:
http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/ada-06-consumer-news-from-the-mens-oral-health
https://www.123dentist.com/differences-mens-womens-oral-health/
https://dentistry.uic.edu/blog/why-oral-health-important-men
https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/mensOralHealth.html