February 5, 2018
When it comes to oral health are men from Mars and women from Venus? Your dentist says they’re not quite that drastic, but there are differences between the health needs of men and women when it comes to oral health. He also says that recognizing these unique traits is not an attempt to enforce stereotypes but instead reflect data collected on the practices of both groups. Learn what these statistics show and how they identify opportunities for improvement as you continue reading.
Women Brush Their Teeth More than Men
Well guys, you’ve been challenged because statistics show that women brush their teeth more than men do. The studies further show that women are 10% more likely to engage in oral hygiene after a meal.
Men are More Risk Takers with Their Oral Health
Studies also show that men are more likely to consume products that they know will do harm to their health like tobacco, alcohol, and cigarettes. It’s well-documented that these activities can lead to oral cancer, gum disease and other health issues but there’s a sort of reckless disregard.
Also, because men are more risk takers they are more susceptible to experience tooth trauma. They are more likely to be involved in intense physical contact with other players such as tackle football, rugby, water polo, wrestling, and boxing, which all come with the risk of colliding with other people and receiving a direct blow to the mouth.
Women See the Dentist More
Given the previous points, it’s no surprise that women are more likely to visit the dentist than men. As a result, men are more likely to suffer from advanced oral health problems.
Women Experience More Spikes in Oral Issues
Because women have to deal with so many hormonal shifts throughout their lives, they can experience sudden spikes in oral issues. Some of the life-changing events are pregnancy and menopause, which cause deficiencies in the nutrients that are available to the mouth, teeth and gums.
This is especially the case with pregnancies, which is why it’s so important for women to take pre-natal vitamins. Nature has programmed the woman’s body to provide the nutrients necessary for the gestating baby to get what it needs first, so that if the mother doesn’t have enough reserves remaining she suffers.
A Silver Lining?
There is always a silver lining, as this is not meant to bash men but instead show all the opportunities they have to make improvements and enjoy a richer existence – one with vastly improved oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Kevin Guze received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of British Columbia and then went on to complete his General Practice Residency in Dentistry at Vancouver General Hospital. He would later go on to Harvard, where he would acquire his Doctor of Medical Sciences degree. An instructor, researcher and practicing dentist, Dr. Guze is a member of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and several other professional organizations. He practices at Common Park Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.
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