It’s become evident in oral health studies that perhaps the single most dangerous factor to a man’s oral health is his attitude. In short, men routinely take the “strong, silent” approach, seeing their dentist or doctor less frequently than women, and often only when there is a serious problem.
For instance, in Health Canada's Report on the Findings of the Oral Health Component of the Canadian Health Measures Survey 2007-2009, women were more likely than men to brush their teeth twice a day (80.9% to 65.4%) and floss at least five times a week (36.2% to 20.3). The survey also revealed women were more likely to visit a dentist at least once per year for check-ups or treatment (76.6% vs. 71.9.2%).
Quick Facts and Tips
- According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the risk of developing oral cavity cancer increases with age. It is greatest after 45 years of age. More men than women develop oral cavity cancer.
- Men who smoke or chew tobacco are at twice the risk for gum disease or oral cancer.
- Men are also more likely to be on heart medications that may cause dry mouth. The resulting lower level of saliva means a greater risk of tooth decay
- If you play sports, you face a greater potential for trauma to the mouth and teeth. Wear a mouthguard
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day
- Use toothpaste containing fluoride
- Limit sweets
- Visit your dentist regularly
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