Sadly, men aren't succeeding as well as women at maintaining proper dental health. Men are less likely to brush their teeth, floss, and visit routine teeth cleanings and examinations. In fact, 62% of men expressed regret for not taking better care of their teeth when they were younger, according to a poll by the Oral Health Foundation.
A change can be made at any time. You can minimize your risk for various health problems while also improving your dental health with a little oral care awareness.
Read on to learn about how you may be purring your teeth and gums, as well as your overall health, in danger.
1. Avoiding regular dental checkups
According to recent studies, women are twice as likely to book (and visit) their routine dental checkups and to follow any treatment guidelines that are given after those appointments. Men are less likely than women to visit a dentist before a problem develops and frequently ignore their oral health for years.
Remember to schedule regular checkups and dental cleanings. Even while it may not be your favorite thing to do each year, it will pay off in the long run by keeping your smile bright and healthy and preventing the need for more invasive (and expensive) dental care. Besides, if you started to experience increased sensitivity and suspect cavities or just feel like it’s time for getting a new retainer after just having your teeth straightened, make visiting a dentist your top priority.
2. Developing gum disease
Studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease, which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in men. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms: bleeding gums when brushing; red, painful, or swollen gums; chronic bad breath; and loose teeth. Inform your dental specialist if you have any of these symptoms. By the way, women are 26% more likely to floss than men. And when it comes to brushing, women are more likely to do it before sleep and brush more frequently overall. Establish proper daily dental hygiene. In the fight against gum disease, brushing and flossing twice a day can help.
3. Getting a medication-induced dry mouth
Men often need to take heart or blood pressure medicine because they are more prone than women to get heart attacks. These drugs may result in dry mouth. They lead to dry mouth because they compromise normal salivary flow. Men are thus more prone to dental decay and cavities. This is because saliva is essential for removing oral bacteria and dental plaque that might cause cavities. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to increase salivary flow and ways your dentist can help eliminate dry mouth.
4. Not getting mouth cancer screenings
Men are two times more likely than women to be diagnosed with mouth cancer. Mouth cancer is the fourth most prevalent cancer seen in men between the ages of 45 and 59. Fortunately, your dental specialist can screen for it, and early identification can mean the difference between life and death. Your doctor will check for any indications of cancer during your dental examination, and can even perform a more complete screening utilizing the non-invasive VELscope procedure. The survival rate for people with mouth cancer is above 80% when it is detected early. Make sure to include an oral cancer screening in your yearly dental examinations.
5. Not preventing tooth loss
By the age of 72, the average man will lose about five of his adult teeth. Furthermore, that number increases to 12 if he smokes. And that number can grow if you participate in sports without a mouthguard. Missing teeth are bad for your health, especially if they limit the kinds of food you can consume since you can't chew it as well. Additionally, replacing lost teeth is expensive and not very visually attractive. Keep up with your dental checkups, practice proper dental hygiene, and protect your teeth with a mouthguard when playing contact sports.