MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH is crucial for everyone, but that can mean different things for men and women. That’s why the team at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has put together a handy list of concerns men should particularly watch out for, as well as some tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean!
Brush That Charming Smile!
Many women say a man’s most attractive feature is his smile. However, on average, men don’t take care of their teeth as well as women do, and that puts those charming smiles at risk! According to a national survey, men were 20% less likely than women to brush their teeth twice a day, and they also change their toothbrushes less often. Make sure you’re brushing two minutes twice a day and replacing that toothbrush every three to four months.
Minimizing Risk Factors For Disease
Because men tend to chew tobacco, smoke, and drink more than women, they are more susceptible to the oral health consequences associated with these habits, such as periodontitis, tooth loss, and even oral cancer. You don’t need us to tell you that it’s best for your health to cut down on drinking and stop using tobacco. A gleaming white smile and good breath is just an added benefit.
Greater Risks Of Dry Mouth
Men are statistically more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease than women, and with these kinds of diseases comes the need for medication. One very common side-effect of many such medications is dry mouth.
Saliva is crucial to good oral health because it washes away bacteria and regulates the mouth’s pH. When the saliva runs dry, there’s an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and even bad breath. If you’re experiencing problems from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment – we can help.
Be A Man: Go To The Dentist
This leads us to another problem that impacts men more than women, and that is the tendency to neglect regular dental visits. Prevention is crucial to good oral health, which is why we recommend that all patients schedule an appointment every six months, whether or not anything seems to be wrong with their teeth.
Don’t take the “tough guy” approach with your dental health by holding out until you’re experiencing significant tooth pain. Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has two beautiful offices in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s South Shore. Smileboston offers a wide array of services ranging from general dentistry and laser dentistry to full smile makeovers. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.