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Why is oral health important for Men?

Why is oral health important for Men?

Posted on: 20 Mar 2013

Men are less likely than woman to take care of their physical health and according to some recent studies their oral health is equally ignored. One of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male.

 Man are less likely than woman to seek preventive dental care and they often neglect their oral health for years, so in other words they only visit dental doctor when a problem arises. By the latest statistic is shown that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by the age of 72. But this is not the case if the man smokes, than he will lose 12 teeth by the age of 72.

 Men are also more likely to get throat cancer and periodical gum disease. Periodontal disease is a result of plaque, which hardens into a rough substance called tartar. The acids that tartar release are bacteria which irritate gums. Those acids cause breakdowns of the fibbers that keep the gums tightly to the teeth, which create pockets that are filled with even more bacteria.

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 Latest research has proven an link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, which mean that people who have gum disease are in risk for heart attacks and strokes. So you better see your dentist if you have one of these symptoms: bleeding gums while brushing, persistent bad breath, lose or separated teeth or red, swollen or tender gums.

Since man is likely to suffer from heart attacks, they use medications that dry out the mouth. Medications for heart disease, blood pressure or antidepressants reduce the salivary in your mouth which is increasing the risk for cavities. Saliva helps to reduce the cavity causing bacteria found in your mouth.

Next … if you are a tobacco user or you chew tobacco your chances to get gum disease or oral cancer are big. 95 % of the oral cancers occur when you are over 40 years old. Like 8000 people die each year from oral cancer so if you are an tobacco user you should visit your dentist frequently so he can clean and ensure your mouth remains healthy. Your dentist can even perform a thorough screening for oral cancer.

So we suggest you soft-brush your teeth to reach every part of each teeth. Buy new toothbrush every 3 months or replace the one you have if you are sick. Brush properly, we recommend slow and circle movements in an angle of 45 degrees. When you floss, gently insert the floss between your teeth and do a back and forward movements, and watch not to snap the floss while flossing.


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