Why Men Should Care About Their Oral Health
According to studies, the average man will lose more than five teeth by the time he reaches his early seventies, and is at a higher risk of suffering periodontal disease and oral cancer compared to a woman of similar age. Men tend to brush their teeth less frequently, and seek less preventive care than women, often only visiting a dentist when a problem occurs. These are all practices that put their smiles at risk.
Your mouth is a gateway to your body, and harbors millions of bacteria. Many bacteria live in plaque, a sticky, colorless substance that is constantly forming on your teeth. Oral bacteria release acid, which irritates gums and erodes teeth. Researchers have found links between periodontal disease and other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, two conditions that tend to affect men in greater numbers.
Men are also more likely to use tobacco, which further increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Twice as many men as women are affected by oral cancer, and the condition becomes increasingly more common with age. If you drink, you are at an even greater risk. Frequent checkups are essential for early diagnosis.
Finally, dental trauma also tends to be more common in men, particularly if they are active in sports. Wear a specially fitted mouth guard that is designed to protect your mouth when engaging in contact sports, and if you ride a motorcycle or bicycle, wear a properly fitted helmet.
Good dental habits, including good brushing and flossing regularly, are vital to keeping your smile strong and healthy throughout your life. Call our dentist today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.
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