A national survey reported by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that a smile outranks eyes, hair and body as the most attractive physical feature. However, the survey of Americans ages 18 and older also showed the differences between men and women when it comes to the care of their teeth and gums. The survey found 86% of females brush their teeth twice or more a day while only 66% of males do so.
Additional research published in the Journal of Periodontology shared findings of a study that showed women are almost twice as likely to have regular dental check-ups than men. It also showed that women are more likely to schedule recommended dental treatment. Another gold star for women in the study was their higher levels of gum health as well as having less dental plaque, calculus and bleeding.
When it comes to flossing, over half of American adults (male AND female) need to be more committed when it comes to flossing. Only 49 percent of those surveyed stated they floss daily. And,1 out of 3 surveyed felt that seeing blood in the sink when brushing is normal and were unaware it is a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.
Men – you can do better! Oral health is an important part of overall health, for men just as much as for women. While regular dental check-ups are important, it is also necessary to be committed to a thorough oral hygiene regimen at home. This helps you to avoid problems such as gum disease and cavities. Yet, good oral health can also be advantageous to your overall health.
Numerous research has shown that the infectious bacteria of gum disease can cause inflammatory triggers elsewhere in the body. Gum disease has been linked to diseases or medical conditions such as some cancers, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, preterm babies and impotency.
If you haven’t seen a dentist in over six months, call 219-987-5733 to arrange a consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss ways to restore your mouth to a healthy state.