Men are less likely than women to seek preventative healthcare. This is true for healthcare in general, with as many as 60% of men refusing to see a doctor even when a serious health concern is present. It is also true for oral health care where, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, men are less likely to seek care unless they are experiencing discomfort.
Men are more likely to develop periodontal disease. They are also more likely to develop oral cancers. Some of this has to do with inadequate daily care. Some has to do with risky behaviors. Some has to do with improper screening. Without biannual visits, serious concerns can remain undetected. This may require more invasive treatment options. Depending on how far a disease has been allowed to progress, treatment may fail to prevent the most serious consequences.
Gum disease is linked to several systemic health issues including cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and hypertension. All of these issues are more common in men. Proper oral care can help to reduce risks. Paying attention to oral health can also help to prevent tooth infection, decay, discoloration, and loss, things men face at much higher rates than women.
Working Together for Peak Oral Health
June is Men’s Health Month and a great time to strengthen your commitment to oral and physical health.
At home, be sure to:
- Floss before you brush your teeth at least once daily
- Brush after every meal or at least twice daily
- Refrain from biting hard and/or non-food items
Daily care is the first step in preventing serious oral health concerns but alone cannot address all problems. Visiting our office twice a year allows us to:
- Thoroughly clean and polish the teeth
- Manually inspect teeth for signs of wear, distress, and decay
- Use diagnostic tools to inspect internal tooth structures
Biannual visits also allow us to check for common issues impacting men like bruxism (tooth grinding) and chipped or cracked teeth, and to provide swift treatments that help prevent future damage.
At Wood Creek Dental we work with our patients to help ensure peak oral health for life. Give us a call at 864-288-5300 (Greenville office) or 864-457-3425 (Landrum office) to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you.