Is the Man in Your Life at Risk of Dental Disease?
- Posted on: May 15 2018
When we share a life with someone, there is a tendency to accept certain things as the norm. For example, we may not argue about which way the toilet paper is put on the roll. The fact of the matter is, men and women do things differently. Accepting our differences is part of what enables couples to have long-term contentment in their relationship. One of the ways that men and women differ, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), is in the way they care for their teeth and gums.
Both the ADA and the American Academy of Periodontology have reported that there is a discrepancy in the level of care men give their teeth when compared to women in the same age group. Here, we want to offer a few clear ways that men are at risk and how they can avoid unnecessary dental disease – and the stress that goes along with it.
There are two ways in which men are at a higher risk for dental disease than their female counterparts. One is that men tend to be less strict about their brushing and flossing habits. Another is that men are also not very strict with their routine checkups and cleanings. These habits are a cornerstone of health and wellness. Men who create a habit of brushing every morning and every night (two full minutes) and who stay committed to daily flossing are much less likely to experience tooth loss and periodontal disease.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, 34% of men in the 30- to 54-year-old age group develop gum disease. The instance rises to over 55% in the 56-years-old and up age category. Statistics also reveal that men are more susceptible to tooth loss and may lose up to 12 teeth by age 72. These risks drop substantially just by brushing and flossing and seeing the dentist. What an easy way to enjoy lifelong oral health!
Dental injuries are more common among men who engage in sports. An average pick-up game of basketball is just as risky as that weekly softball game. In either situation, men (and women) who play sports are encouraged to protect their teeth by wearing a mouthguard. This piece of equipment is thin and discreet but packs a punch against dental injury.
We are here to support men of all ages, and all of our patients, with personal dental care provided in a friendly atmosphere. To schedule your visit to our Grand Rapids office, call 616-458-0631.
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