Men’s Health And Dental Care

Dental_careMen need to pay extra attention to their dental care needs, because as a gender, men face a “one-two punch” that puts them uniquely at risk for dental problems:

  1. Men are less likely to visit the dentist for preventive care and less likely to practice good oral health habits at home.
  2. Men are also more likely to suffer from serious health conditions – including diabetes, heart disease and periodontal disease – that impact their teeth and gums.

What can men (and those who love them!) do to turn this situation around? Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Address your anxieties about dental care. It’s not “manly” to put your health at risk by not going for dental cleanings and other care.
  2. Brush twice a day, and floss daily. Just do it!
  3. Stop using tobacco. Men who smoke or chew tobacco are at elevated risk for oral cancer. If you aren’t able to quit yet, ask your dentist about receiving frequent oral cancer screenings.
  4. Use a mouth guard and/or a helmet for contact sports. Don’t lose teeth due to a dental injury!
  5. Get help from a medical professional if you experience dry mouth. Men are more likely to have medical conditions and/or take prescription drugs that can cause dry mouth, which accelerates tooth decay and gum disease.
  6. Consider how proper dental care can improve your career and personal life. If you need an incentive to take care of your teeth and gums, remember that a nice smile is a powerful personal and professional asset! 

“If you or a man in your life wants or needs to step up his dental care, we can help,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a Phoenix-based cosmetic dentist. “My staff and I are happy to recommend ways to make the process easier.”



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