Although each group has the same parts that make up their oral structures, studies show there are glaring differences between the way men and women practice and approach oral care. Your Boiling Springs dentist says the gulf between the two needs to be closed and that both men and women should be aware of the dangers that loom for each of them. As you continue reading, learn how problems can be prevented through greater awareness, improved practices and preventive dentistry.
Women are Better with Oral Hygiene?
Studies show that in the department of oral hygiene, men trail far behind women as the latter group is more likely to brush their teeth. Furthermore, women are 10% more likely to brush their teeth after a meal, which has a major impact on their dental health because they are removing the leftover food particles that contribute to bacteria growth.
Men are More Likely to Take Risks
When it comes to oral health, taking risks is definitely ill-advised. Still, studies show that men are more likely to use products that are well known to cause dental maladies like oral cancer and gum disease. Some examples are excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco and cigarette usage.
Also, because men are more likely to be involved in some form of contact activity (i.e. sports), they are more susceptible to sudden tooth trauma from colliding with other men.
Who are Better at Maintaining Dental Appointments?
Not only are women more attentive to their oral health and careful to evaluate what types of activities they engage in, but they are also more likely to visit their dentist. As a result, they suffer from less oral issues than their male counterparts.
The Irony – Women Experience Spikes in Their Oral Health
Although women are very diligent about taking an active role in their oral health, they are still subject to hormonal shifts and spikes from life-changing events like pregnancy and menopause. In these situations, they can suffer from changes in their assimilation of vital nutrients and thus, endure oral problems.
But There’s Help for Men and Women
For men, the challenge is to defy the statistics by taking more active steps to improve their oral health by stepping up their daily practices and maintaining regular visits with their dentist.
Women are charged with the task of continuing their positive trends of practicing great oral care and regularly visiting their local oral professional while being sure to inform him of life-changes they’re going through, so he can provide the best care possible.
At the end of the day, both sexes can enjoy the fruits of having excellent oral health with just a little bit of effort and expert guidance. To start the process of receiving the help you need, just reach out to your local dentist in Boiling Springs to get the ball rolling!
About the Author
Dr. Thomas Neslund graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Natural Science and then went on to earn his DMD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. A member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Neslund practices at Carlisle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.