Know Someone Who Is Putting Off Going to the Dentist?
Do you know someone let’s say, of the male persuasion who is always putting off going to the dentist? While many people are guilty of this, it seem men are more likely to skip their yearly check-up.
- Women report brushing more often and more thoroughly than men.
- 86% of women say they brush twice a day, compared to 66% of men.
- Men replace their toothbrush less frequently than woman.
Be Vigilant About Oral Health
Studies show that men with a history of gum disease are more likely to develop certain kinds of cancer, such as kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers, than those with healthy gums. Since men admittedly take less care of their teeth, here are some ways to be extra vigilant about oral health.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for full two minutes, use toothpaste with fluoride, use mouthwash and floss daily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three month or after you’ve been sick.
- Visit your dentist at least once a year for cleaning and exam.
- If you see gum bleeding after brushing or flossing, take medications that can cause dry mouth, use tobacco, or play sports, take even greater care to visit the dentist regularly, as these can put you at greater risk for oral health problems.