While everyone is guilty of forgetting to brush their teeth every now and again, is there really a big difference between men and women’s oral health? The natural shape of teeth varies from person to person, regardless of sex. However, there is research to suggest that men and women have a different approach to maintaining their dental health.
A study published in the April journey of Periodontology, revealed that women are nearly twice as more likely to have received regular dental check-ups in the past year. When it comes to oral health, women appear to be generally more proactive than men, and more inclined to visiting the dentist on a regular basis.
It was found that only 33% of men consider oral health as important to maintaining good overall health, compared to 44% of women. Also, researches of the British Dental Health Foundation, found that 35% of men skip brushing in the evening, as opposed to 59% of women.
In spite of women’s better awareness of proper dental care, tooth decay is more common in women than men. This is a result of lower levels of saliva, due to fluctuations in hormones, pregnancy, menses, birth control and menopause. Saliva is very important for protecting the mouth against bacteria. Less saliva makes your mouth more susceptible to tooth decay.
Some men have a greater chance of developing dental problems, particularly those who play sports regularly. There’s a chance for trauma to the teeth and sport can cause the pasty, parched feeling of dry mouth. When you exercise, your body dries out and if you’re not properly hydrated, it can potentially endanger your oral health.
Whether you are a man or a woman, it is important to brush daily and always take precautions during times when your mouth is more at risk of attracting bacteria. It’s quite simple, visit your dentist at Pure Smiles every 6 months and see either Suraj or Ciara for a thorough clean and you will have less to worry about.