Women Beat Out Men When It Comes to Oral HealthWednesday, June 8th, 2011, 1:43 pm
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) women are the stronger sex when it comes to dental health. Why? Simply because they seem to make their oral health more of a priority than men do. Women get routine dental checkups more frequently and are more likely to visit the dentist quickly when they have an injury or believe they have a dental problem.
The research published in the Journal of Periodontology also shows that women are 26% more likely to use floss on a daily basis. Seventy-five percent of the women polled would feel embarrassed and frustrated if they were missing a tooth. Only half of the men said they would feel embarrassed about a gap in their smile. Women also notice missing teeth in others much faster than men do.
The frightening statistic for men is that only one-third of the men felt that controlling periodontal disease was important to maintaining good overall health. Unfortunately even though more women understood the importance of periodontal health only 44% believed it affected their overall health.
While women in general have a much better attitude and understanding about the importance of dental health it looks like the dental community still needs to spread the word about oral infections and how they can affect the rest of your body.
Ladies, keep up the good work! Proper home care works as shown in the study – the women had fewer signs of periodontal disease (bleeding gums and dental plaque) than the men. Remember that regular dental hygiene visits are still needed to maintain oral health.
Please contact our Toccoa, Georgia office today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment today. Don’t forget to schedule one for the man in your life as well!