Fellas, Brush Up on Your Oral Health

Oral HealthWhen it comes to gender and oral health, things are hardly equal between men and women. Males, as a group, are statistically less likely to brush after meals, to brush twice daily or floss once a day, and are more likely to have gum disease than their female peers.

Here are a few oral health tips for men, or for anyone who cares about them, that can tip the scales of oral health in their favor.

Top Oral Health Tips for Men

  1. Take your daily oral habits seriously. You’ve heard it repeatedly since childhood – brush, floss and see your dentist regularly for checkups. It’s been repeated that many times for a reason – it is something you can do EVERY DAY that will improve your oral health.
  2. If you have gum disease, get it treated. Research has revealed a strong association between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. In some cases, medications causing dry mouth can exacerbate gum disease, so you may need to have your dentist and your physician coordinate your care to effectively treat the disease.
  3. Stop smoking, stop chewing tobacco, and have your dentist screen you for oral cancer. Men who smoke or chew tobacco are at far higher risk for contracting oral cancer, and all men’s risk increases over the age of 40. Your dentist can perform an oral cancer screening during a regular checkup or cleaning visit.
  4. If you play contact sports, get a mouth guard. Mouth protection greatly decreases your chances of having a dental injury. And your sport doesn’t have to be a team sport; mouth guards are recommended for bicycling, roller blading, and skateboarding, as well.

“A lot of what contributes to good oral health comes from maintaining good health habits generally – and using common sense,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in private practice in central Phoenix.

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