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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