|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
January 14, 2016
It is very important for men to keep up with their oral health as well as to do with their body’s health. Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health. And they are even more likely to ignore their oral health. Good oral hygiene has been linked to longevity, yet one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being a male. Men are known to neglect their oral health for many years and they are less likely to seek preventative dental care. They tend to only visit the dentist when it is absolutely necessary. When it comes to oral health, on average men only brush their teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by the age of 72. If a man smokes, then might lose 12 teeth by the age of 72. Men are also more likely to develop oral and throat cancer as well as gum disease.
There are a few things that men do that can affect their oral health. The following are just a few things that men need to look at when examining how well their oral health is.
- Medications: Men are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, meaning they are also more likely to take medications to ward them off and these medications can cause dry mouth. Heart and blood pressure medications along with antidepressants can alter and inhibit the flow of the saliva. This increases the risk of cavities. Saliva helps to reduce the bacteria in the mouth that are known to cause cavities.
- Tobacco use: People who smoke or chew tobacco have a higher risk of getting gum disease and oral cancer. Men are affected by these risks twice as often as women. 95 percent of oral cancers occur in men 40 years and older. More than 8,000 people die each year from oral and pharyngeal diseases. It is extremely important for men who use tobacco to see their dentist frequently for proper dental cleanings. Dentists can help you ensure that your mouth remains healthy and they can perform a thorough screening for oral cancer and help with tobacco cessation.
- Playing sports: Participating in sports leads to a higher potential for mouth and head trauma. If you are playing contact sports or participating in activities that can lead to a facial injury, it is very important to use a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a flexible appliance that is made of plastic that will protect the teeth from trauma. Dentists can help you decide on what type of mouth guard will protect your teeth the best.
Regardless of gender, it is important to visit a dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning. Talk to your dentist about any medications you are taking, as well as tobacco use and sports activities. In between visits, brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day and floss daily.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.
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