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 seems men are more likely to skip their yearly checkup:
- According to a national survey, 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 toothbrushes less frequently than women.
- 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 two full minutes, use toothpaste with fluoride, use mouthwash and floss daily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or after you’ve been sick.
- Visit your dentist at least once a year for a 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.