Men and Their Oral Health
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
According to surveys and studies men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health, including their oral health. Rather than visiting the dentist for routinecheck-ups men are waiting till they have a problem. Statistics show that when it comes to their oral health, the average man brushes 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by the age of 72. For men who smoke the number of teeth lost can increase to 12 by age 72. Men are at greater risk of developing periodontal disease which has been linked to cardiovascular disease, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Since men are often on more medications than women, certain side affects from those medications such as dry mouthincrease the risk for tooth decay. Men do you smoke or chew tobacco? If so it is especially important for you to see your dentist for routine checkups and oral cancer screenings since 95% of oral cancers occur in men over 40 years old. If you participate in any sports you should be fitted for a mouthguard because you are at greater risk for trauma to your mouth and teeth. So men stay healthy, do not delay schedule your dental check-up today!