Unfortunately, studies have shown that men take their oral health for granted. Compared to women, men are less likely to seek preventive dental care and more likely to neglect their oral health (often long-term). Keep these statistics in mind:
- The average man is less likely to visit a dentist (61% of men compared with 67% of women), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The average man is more likely to develop gum disease (11% of men compared with 6% of women), according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
- Men are about 40% less likely to brush their teeth after every meal, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.
Neglecting oral care can be detrimental to overall health. Developing gum disease can lead to chronic, life-threatening medical conditions over time.
The risks of poor oral health:
- Severe gum disease increases risk of cerebral ischemia stroke by 400%.
- A buildup of dental plaque can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and increase the risk for heart disease.
- Gum disease has been linked to diabetes and can make the body more resistant to insulin.
Tips to keep your smile healthy:
- Consistently brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day.
- Wear a mouthguard when you play sports to prevent trauma or damage to your teeth.
- Don't smoke or chew tobacco products. Doing so increases the risks of gum disease and oral cancer.
- Stay up-to-date on your dentist appointments every 6 months.
Dentists are disease detectives!
120+ signs of nondental disease can be detected in a routine dental exam. This is why regular dental visits are vital to maintain a healthy smile.
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