Men and women have a lot in common, but they face significantly different challenges when it comes to keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Women are more prone to certain oral health conditions than men, but men have their own disadvantages to overcome, and we’re here to offer them a few tips.
Men Are Less Likely Brush and Floss
Women tend to be pretty good at daily brushing and flossing habits, whereas men struggle more with this on average: men are up to 20% less likely to brush twice a day and even less likely to replace their old toothbrushes on a regular basis. Luckily, it’s a simple problem to fix: make brushing for two full minutes a regular part of your morning and nighttime routines! And don’t forget to floss once a day as well.
What Oral Diseases Are Men More Vulnerable To?
Because men are more likely to drink, smoke, and chew tobacco than women are, they put themselves at higher risk of serious oral health problems like periodontitis (advanced gum disease), tooth loss, and oral cancer. By avoiding harmful habits, men can do a lot to protect their oral health, which is why we recommend minimal alcohol consumption and complete avoidance of tobacco products.
Dry Mouth Is Also a Problem for Men
Dry mouth is a common side effect of high blood pressure and heart disease medications, and because men are more susceptible to those conditions, they are also more likely to get dry mouth. Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense against bacteria, acid, and leftover food particles. When it runs dry, the risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and chronic bad breath becomes much higher.
Men Visit the Dentist Less Often
Just as men are less likely to follow a good brushing and flossing regimen than women, they’re also less likely to keep up with their regular dental exams — and they’re more likely to try to tough it out if they’re experiencing toothaches or other symptoms! Men may also be less willing to confront their fears and anxiety in visiting the dentist and simply choose to avoid it. This strategy is neither safe nor effective for addressing dental health problems. Putting off regular check-ups or ignoring warning signs allows dental problems like decay, cavities and gum disease to worsen leading to major problems that are even costlier to fix.
Let’s Work Together for Those Handsome Smiles
We don't have all the explanations behind the personal reasons men tend to neglect their smile. We do know the many advantages to keeping your smile healthy. Being able to chew and eat without pain are just simple pleasures we can easily take for granted. Caring for your teeth and gums now will allow you to live your golden years fully without the inconvenience of dentures, gum treatment, and implants. Your smile is also the first thing people notice and it can also affect your romantic, financial and career prospects.
At South San Francisco Dental Care, we make it convenient for all our patients to visit the dentist. We have appointments available six days a week, we welcome same day appointments, and we accept financing and nearly all major dental insurances. To make your visit more comfortable, we have sedation options, modern fast acting anesthetics and even noise-canceling headphones. We also have top-rated dentists and hygienists who love what they do - helping people. You can have all the excuses in the world to avoid the dentist, but we are committed to giving you a reason to come back.
If it's been more than six months since your last check-up and cleaning, or if you have any concerns with how your teeth or gums look or feel, schedule your next visit today. Call or text us at (650) 871-1400 or schedule your appointment online.
We've reopened with enhanced infection control guidelines to help you feel safer and more comfortable during your next visit, including remote check-ins, health screenings and temperature checks. We've also installed extra-oral vacuums and intra-oral suction devices for advanced aerosol control. To learn more about all the steps we've taken to protect you and our staff, visit our COVID updates page.