Men Have Greater Risk For Oral Problems

added on: June 24, 2011

Sorry, guys, but according to studies, men generally tend to their oral health less than women. Men are also less likely to have regular check-ups and cleanings and often neglect their oral health, seeing a dentist only when there is a problem.

Statistics show that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. For those who smoke, they’ll lose 12 teeth by age 72, on average. Not surprisingly, men are more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease.

For men who wear a partial denture, you can add even higher bacteria growth to their challenges. The surface material that holds the tooth portions, mimicking gum tissue, is porous. Bacteria, which are living and therefore, eating and waste-producing creatures, thrive in these tiny ‘homes’ in your partial. Soaking overnight may reduce the number of bacteria, but your mouth is an ideal warm, moist and dark place for their continual breeding.

For men with exposed tooth roots, there is yet another risk for cavities. Aging, brushing too rigorously, or having a misaligned bite can cause gums to pull away from teeth, exposing tooth roots. While this distracts from the appearance of your smile, it also increases your risk for decay.

And, regardless of gender, for adults who are on medications that cause dry mouth, salivary flow is often insufficient, increasing the risk for cavities. Saliva helps to reduce the cavity-causing bacteria found in the mouth.

Then again, some are merely more susceptible to cavities. While all people have bacteria in their bodies, two kinds (abbreviated as SM and LB) are especially harmful to teeth. Those who have higher levels are naturally at greater risk for tooth decay.

We advise brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily, flossing daily and twice a year cleanings to avoid problems. However, some people need more frequent visits to help keep their mouths worry-free! We’ll recommend a sequence that fits your unique situation and also suggest a home-care regimen for you. Our goal is to help you avoid problems!

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