Do men need to be more mindful of their oral and dental health?
Having been a dentist for 30 years, there is no doubt that men do not fare as well as women when it comes to oral health. They are less likely to brush their teeth regularly and seek preventive care early. As a consequence, they often present late with significant tooth decay problems. Men may also be more likely to consume energy drinks for sports hydration which contain high amounts of sugar, increasing tooth decay risk, and participating in contact sports increases the risk of suffering trauma to the mouth and teeth.
Men are also more prone to cardiovascular disease and evidence points to a relationship between untreated periodontal (gum) disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, which in turn can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. So, men should be vigilant for signs of gum disease like red, swollen, bleeding gums and bad breath. Men over the age of 40 are at the greatest risk of oral cancer and so it is highly recommended they visit the dentist every 12 months for an examination and oral cancer screen.