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Men and Their Oral Health

Men and Their Oral Health

Men are far less likely than women to take care of their health, and this includes their dental and oral health. Whereas women attend check-up appointments and recognize the importance of preventative care, men will only see a dentist if they come up against a dental problem that cannot be ignored. Furthermore, they practice dental hygiene at home less than women. Statistic show that men brush their teeth 1.9 times a day on average, and can expect to lose 5.4 teeth by the time they turn seventy-two, or more if they smoke.

Men are also more likely to develop severe gum disease or periodontitis. This is only logical, as periodontitis is caused by plaque build-up due to poor dental hygiene. Periodontal disease can lead to a number of serious symptoms, including red, swollen, and bleeding gums, as well as periodontal pockets and tooth loss. It is also a cause for some serious overall health issues that males are already more susceptible to, such as cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

It is advised that patients see a dentist once every six months. However, you might need to attend dental appointments more frequently if you are a male who:

• Takes medications – certain medications cause dry mouth. Saliva reduces bacteria in the mouth that causes cavities. A lack of saliva increases your bacteria and plaque levels, necessitating more visits to a dentist.
• Uses tobacco – Smokers and tobacco chewers are at a substantially higher risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer. Men are affected twice as much as women in these cases.
• Plays sports – Athletes are at a greater risk of dental trauma. See your dentist to get a mouth guard to protect your teeth while playing contact sports.

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