Men’s Oral Health is a real issue, especially when you consider that 28.7 percent of women brush their teeth after a meal compared with 20.5 percent of men.
According to the American Dental Association, 56.8 percent of women brush twice a day compared to men 49 percent of men. A man is more likely to avoid tooth decay and gum disease as well waiting to schedule an appointment until the pain is unbearable. That’s why it is imperative that you and your partner keep on top of men’s oral health.
Dr. Jack Ringer, past president and accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry cannot stress the importance of good oral health habits. Brushing twice and flossing once each day along with regular dental checkups and a good diet will go a long way in cavity and gingivitis prevention.
If you follow Dr. Ringers Blog, you will know that evidence suggests a link between heart disease and gum disease. Because of the risk, everyone needs to be vigilant when it comes to health care. Check for signs of periodontitis, which include bleeding, swollen or red gums or persistent bad breath. Loose teeth are also a sign of periodontal disease.
Although men and women need to maintain good oral health habits, certain circumstances require you to pay closer attention to your teeth and gums especially when it comes to men’s oral health.
Dry mouth is a condition that inhibits saliva flow, which can increase tooth decay and cavities. Ask your doctor about an alternative medication and chew sugarless gum as it can stimulate your salivary glands.
Because saliva washes away food particles, it is important that you avoid caffeine, tobacco products, and foods that are overly salty. Increase your water intake and eat plenty of vegetables to keep your mouth from drying out.
People who are diagnosed with oral cancer early enough have a better chance of surviving the disease, which affects the back of the tongue, soft palate, the floor of the mouth, the tongue and the gums and lips. If left untreated or undiagnosed, oral cancer can spread to the rest of the body.
Both smoking and chewing tobacco causes cancer. Dr. Ringer recommends that you kick the habit and you’ll look and feel better. Once you quit, you will also decrease your risk of all types of cancer. You will be given an oral cancer screening to detect any abnormalities that you may have during your annual comprehensive dental examination.
If you participate in any sporting activity, including tennis or biking, you should consider a custom-made mouthguard.
The flexible appliance is custom made to fit your teeth and gums, and unlike conventional mouth, protectors are comfortable to wear. Millions of injuries all across the globe could have been prevented had a mouthguard been worn. Ask Dr. Ringer about a custom made mouthguard for every member of your family.
Men’s oral health is imperative and could prevent more serious conditions including stroke and heart attack. Staying on top of gum disease and tooth decay is the first step towards a healthier you.
Call or click for a comprehensive dental examination and more information regarding Men’s Oral Health with your OC dentist Dr. Jack Ringer today.