Brushing and flossing regularly, eating well, and scheduling regular checkups and dental cleanings are things we should know to do by the time we are adults. We understand that these are parts of staying healthy and avoiding problems. While most people do brush and floss regularly, women are more likely to focus on maintaining healthy teeth and gums than men are.
The Journal of Periodontology states that a study has shown women are more likely than men to schedule regular dental appointments with their dentist and, by a two to one margin, have seen their dentist in the past year. The study also shows women have a better attitude about seeing their dentist. They have less plaque buildup and bleeding during these checkups, which are indicators of early stages of periodontal disease.
National Men’s Health Week
National Men’s Health Week is June 9-15, so think of this as an early reminder for men to take stock of how they treat their body and what they do about their health. While not every single man will skip dental appointments, and more than likely takes dental hygiene seriously, men are genetically more predisposed to periodontal disease and oral cancer. Avoiding serious illness that may start with poor oral hygiene begins with minimizing risks.
These risks include:
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Diseases including diabetes
- Taking certain medications
- Defective fillings
- Ill-fitting bridges
- Misaligned teeth
Men are more likely to skip brushing after meals and not floss as much as women do. And, if they are taking medications for high blood pressure or antidepressants, their genetics will raise the risk higher than if a woman is taking the same medication. Part of this is due to the medications causing dry mouth. This can increase the risk of cavities because the saliva isn’t there to wash away food particles bacteria need and neutralize acids caused by plaque.
Reducing dry mouth can be done by simply drinking more water. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks, as well as salty foods. Don’t smoke. Chew sugarless gum. Use an alcohol free mouth wash.
Another important aspect about seeing the dentist is oral cancer screenings. This is a disease that is easy to beat if caught early, and your dentist is trained to spot the signs.
Remember that your overall health is tied to your oral health. What you put into your mouth truly affects how your body reacts. The same can be said for how you treat your mouth. Brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly.
If you need to schedule your biannual dentist appointment or want to find out more about oral cancer, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.