Men. The Weaker Sex Regarding Dental Care

The battle between the sexes will live on forever, however when it comes to oral hygiene and getting regularly scheduled dental exams and checkups, women are the clear-cut victors. Research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has shown that men are less likely to visit a dentist than women.

Dental Neglect More Common in Men

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) administered a survey testing the beliefs surrounding men and dental care. Approximately 290 general dentists and consumers answered the questions and the results indicated that when it comes to dental care, men are the weaker of the sexes. Of the respondents, 45 percent erroneously believed that men do not need regular dental check ups. Additional information indicated that 30 percent believed dental anxiety played a role in avoiding periodontal disease. The literature seems to indicate that a heightened innate immune response in men compared to women, as well as potential differences in regulation of amplification and termination of inflammation, provide a sound biologic basis for sex differences in periodontal disease progression," (

Dental Tips For Him

As discussed men are already at a disadvantage when it comes to taking care of their oral health. So that means that extra precaution needs to be taken to make sure that he stays with the healthiest Oral Hygiene possible.

Some Tips Include

  • If you notice bleeding gums after flossing or brushing softly its time for a check-up and to make sure that gum disease has not developed.

  • Do not be afraid to tell the dentist you are afraid. Simply stating to the dentist that you are afraid will help the Dentist to know to take it easy and to be gentle. Its not that big of a deal to admit that you are afraid.

  • DO NOT deny a problem exists hoping it will go away. That type of thinking will make it impossible to stay ahead of problems and will always leave you chasing them trying to catch up.

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