Tooth decay and gum disease are more common in men than women. According to the American Dental Association, men aren’t as likely to look after themselves as women are, and that is especially true when it comes to oral health. Poor oral health has been linked to stroke, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Good oral health can also help you live longer.
Women will seek preventive care for teeth and gums while men often neglect regular dental checkups for years unless tooth decay or gum disease arises. Recent statistics indicate that an average man will brush his teeth 1.9 times each day and will likely lose six teeth by the time he reaches 72. If he is a smoker, the number goes up with an average man losing a dozen teeth at 72. Oral cancer, throat cancer, and periodontal disease are also more common in men than women.
Periodontal Disease Problems
There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis, which can be cured, and periodontal disease, which can be regulated. Gum disease is caused by plaque, which turns into a porous irritant called tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist and will irritate your gums. The acids that break down the foods you eat will anchor to the gums causing pockets that are loaded with bacteria.
It is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist if you experience:
- Bleeding gums while brushing and flossing
- Tender, red, or swollen gums
- Persistent halitosis
- Separating teeth
- Loose teeth
If you take medications, you may be dealing with dry mouth, which could lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Heart or blood pressure medicine, antidepressants and even over the counter prescriptions can reduce the flow of saliva. Saliva can help reduce the bacteria in our mouth.
If you chew or smoke tobacco, you are at risk for oral cancer and gum disease. That smoke or pinch of tobacco can also cause eventual tooth loss. Kick the habit and make sure you schedule regular oral cancer screenings with your dentist.
Even if you play tennis or surf and think you aren’t at risk, talk to your dentist about a custom-made mouthguard. Mouth protectors should be worn by everyone who plays soccer, baseball, basketball, water polo, volleyball, karate, and even mountain biking.
Men should see the dentist more regularly and if you haven’t seen yours for some time, or are dealing with tooth decay and gum disease, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Allure Dental Center. Call us today.