Often we find ourselves discussing certain matters or hearing particular statements that are so blatantly obvious we simply do not question their legitimacy. I recently ran across an article that discussed how through scientific methods, certain obvious facts were proven true such as pigs really do love mud (they lack sweat glands), and cereal actually tastes better with milk (the fat keeps cereal from soaking in liquid keeping it crunchy) and cats really do ignore you (they are self-domesticated and disregards commands).
I would like to discuss another obvious phenomenon authenticated by statistics: men are less likely to carry out proper medical care, even when it comes to their oral health.
- The average man is less likely to brush his teeth after every meal (20.5% compared with 28.7% for women).
- Men are also less likely to brush their teeth twice a day (49% compared to 56.8%).
- They are also more likely than women to have untreated decay (29% to 25%). Women are also twice as likely to make dental appointments compared to men.
What does this mean for the general male population? The obvious answer is that overall oral health for many men is at risk. Men have an overall greater risk of gum disease, and with the high rate of periodontal disease within the general population, chronic untreated periodontal disease can go unnoticed leading to ultimate tooth loss. Neglectful dental care can also lead to more complicated treatment like root canal therapy or tooth extractions. Other poor habits left unchecked can put men at risk of oral cancer, as well.
The good news is the solution to this enigma is just as obvious: create good oral health habits. Men should brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush replaced every three months. Flossing should be a daily habit, and take a cue from the girls and visit your dentist!