X and Y chromosomes aren’t the only major differences between men and women. It turns out that there are several differences between the sexes when it comes to dental health.
Although anatomically speaking, men and women are pretty much the same, differences between the two boil down to oral habits, hormones, and many other factors.
So, who wins the dental health battle of the sexes— men or women?
Differences Between Oral Health in Men and Women
Men and women have the same structure, comprised of the gums, teeth, tongue, and jaw. The real oral health differences in men and women lie in the following factors:
Oral Hygiene Habits: Daily oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining a healthy smile. Unfortunately, men are less likely to be adamant about brushing and flossing every day. According to a national survey, 86% of women said they brush their teeth twice a day while only 66% of men said that they complete this daily oral health task.
Dental Appointments: Patients should visit their dentist every six months for a check-up and routine cleaning. At this appointment, your dentist is able to spot any early signs of trouble and thoroughly remove accumulated plaque and tartar.
Although most of us know how important bi-annual dental appointments are, women are more likely to go to their regular dental appointments. According to the Journal of Periodontology, women are twice as likely to go to these routine dental visits than men. The study also found that women are more likely to follow their dentist’s advice and schedule appointments for future treatment.
Gum Disease: With less-than-perfect oral hygiene habits, men are also more likely to develop gum disease due to neglect. However, it’s important to note that changing hormones can have a significant impact on oral health in women. For example, many women will experience gingivitis during pregnancy. If the expectant mother doesn’t actively treat gingivitis, this problem can worsen and develop into periodontitis.
Dental Trauma: Dental injuries from contact sports include tooth fractures, chips, or knocked out teeth. In general, more men play contact sports than women, which leaves them more vulnerable to dental accidents. Although men are more likely to experience dental trauma due to physical impact, all athletes regardless of gender should protect their smile by wearing a mouthguard.
Oral Cancer: Nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. In the past, males had higher rates of oral cancer with 6 men affected for every woman. Today, the ratio is two men affected for every woman. Most researchers connect this change with a decrease in the number of male smokers over the last few decades.
Dental Tips for Every Patient
Regardless of gender, there are certain dental precautions every patient should take. Some of the best ways to protect your smile include:
- Brush and floss every day
- Visit the dentist regularly
- Limit your sugar consumption
- Avoid poor habits like tooth grinding
- Don’t wait to treat any dental concerns
Have Additional Questions? Contact Amherst Village Dental
Oral health is important for everyone! If you have questions or concerns about your dental health, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We offer a range of dental treatments to best treat every patient, no matter what their age, gender, or background.
Call our office today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Ang and the talented staff here at Amherst Village Dental.