It’s National Men’s Health Month…
Let’s Talk About Men vs. Women’s Oral Health!
This month, in honor of National Men’s Health Month, our Guelph dentist wants to talk about something that doesn’t get as much consideration as we think it should: men and women’s oral health… and how they differ.
Let’s get into it!
Did you know? When it comes to oral health, men and women are not equal. Statistically and generally speaking, men actually don’t put in as much effort looking after their teeth as women do. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology discovered that periodontal (gum) disease was radically higher in their male subjects vs. their female subjects… by almost 20%. Another study by the Journal of Periodontology discovered that women had a lower level of plaque and calculus compared to men, suggesting that females put more effort into their gum care routine.
But these are merely statistics, and they aren’t going to tell us whether you, (man or woman), are diligent or not when it comes to oral health care. We do wish the males in these studies were a little more oral-health conscious, but all we can do is continue to teach the importance of maintaining a healthy smile… no matter what gender you are!
How to maintain your healthiest smile
Men and women should be brushing their teeth twice a day for two full minutes every time, using a soft-bristled tooth brush and proper cleaning technique. They should also never forget to floss at least once a day. If you need help with perfecting your teeth cleaning technique, our dentist or hygienist would be happy to demonstrate.
And if you haven’t been to the dental office in over 6 months, it’s time to come on in again! Regular visits will ensure your oral health is on the right track, and will give you the proper cleaning you need in order to remove stubborn deposits of plaque that accumulates over the months… no matter how well your at-home care routine is.
So, men and women, if it’s been a while since you’ve seen the dentist, do your smile a favor and book a visit with us today. And Happy National Men’s Health Month!
Dr. Priya Bhagat
85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4