Equality is admirable in the workplace. Too bad there isn’t more when it comes to men and women and their dental and oral health habits. Fact is women are better at taking care of their health generally and their teeth and gums specifically. Keep reading to learn what your family dentist in Washington has to say about the divergent oral health habits of men and women.
How Often Do You Brush Your Teeth?
Ask men and women that question and you’ll likely get a different answer. On average, women are more likely to brush their teeth twice a day every day. Men on the other hand may skip brushing every now and then. Women are also more inclined to brush their teeth immediately after eating.
Men Take More Health Risks
We all know that there are certain things to stay away from in order to stay healthy. Chewing tobacco, cigarettes, drinking alcohol to excess and exposure to other carcinogens can be harmful and lead to serious health issues including oral cancer.
Research shows that men are more inclined than women to engage in these activities. Therefore, they run a greater risk of developing oral cancer, periodontal disease and other health problems.
Do Men or Women See the Dentist Regularly?
Women are far more likely to see the dentist for checkups every six months and to schedule necessary follow-up care. Men, however, tend to see the dentist only when necessary, meaning when there’s a problem. Therefore, men have fewer checkups and cleanings than women, which is often what leads to dental problems in the first place.
Sudden Changes in Oral Health Happen to Women More
Because women experience pregnancy and menopause, they have more concentrated elevations and changes in hormone levels. This can lead to changes in oral health. For instance, many women develop gingivitis—the first phase of gum disease—while they are pregnant. Others experience burning mouth syndrome during menopause. Fortunately, women are more likely to maintain regular dental checkups through all phases of life so these issues are addressed sooner rather than later.
Men Have More Tooth Trauma
Although men and women both need exercise to stay healthy, men are more likely to participate in sports that involve physical contact such as football, rugby, soccer and wrestling. Therefore, they are more likely to have collisions with other players or equipment that can lead to chipped, cracked or even avulsed (knocked out) teeth.
Furthermore, men are less likely than women to wear mouthguards that protect teeth, gums, lips, tongue and cheeks during play or practice. This comfortable oral appliance can be the key to maintaining a complete smile for men and women.
Men—call your dentist near me to schedule an appointment. Women—keep up the good work!
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you’d like to learn more about oral health, contact us today.