An Obvious Observation of Men’s Oral Health

An Obvious Observation of Men’s Oral Health

by Dr. Matt who is the
owner of Country Lakes Family Dental
CountryLakesDental.com

Often we find ourselves discussing certain matters or hearing particular statements that are so blatantly obvious we simply do not question their legitimacy. I recently ran across an article that discussed how through scientific methods, certain obvious facts were proven true such as: pigs really do love mud (they lack sweat glands).

In this Men’s Health Issue, I would like to discuss another obvious phenomenon authenticated by statistics: men are less likely to carry out proper medical care, even when it comes to their oral health.

  • The average man is less likely to brush his teeth after every meal (20.5% compared with 28.7% for women).
  • The average man is less likely to brush his teeth twice a day (49% compared with 56.8% for women).
  • Men are more likely to have untreated dental decay than women (29% compared with 25% for women, age 35-44).

What does this mean for the general male population? The obvious answer is that overall oral health for many men is at risk. Men have an overall greater risk of gum disease, and with the high rate of periodontal disease within the general population, chronic untreated periodontal disease can go unnoticed leading to ultimate tooth loss. Neglectful dental care can also lead to more complicated treatment like root canal therapy or tooth extractions. Other poor habits left unchecked can put men at risk of oral cancer, as well.

The good news is the solution to this enigma is just as obvious: create good oral health habits. Men should brush their teeth twice day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush replaced every three months. Flossing should be a daily habit, and take a cue from the girls and visit your dentist!


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