Nationally, the month of June is recognized as Men’s Health Month. Your oral health plays a large part in your overall health and vice versa. Check out these few tips and some concerns for men to be aware of in order to keep that charming smile clean and healthy this summer!
5 Oral Health Tips for Men
Yes, Seriously. Twice A Day.
According to a national survey, men are 20% less likely than women to brush their teeth twice a day, as recommended by the American Dental Association. When you brush two times – after waking up in the morning and before going to bed, it removes the build up of plaque that accumulates throughout the day and night. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day prevents gum disease, maintains fresh breath and therefore, makes you more kissable.
Guard Your Grill
When playing sports such as basketball, football, hockey, or boxing, mouth guards are a must. We know, we know … it’s not the best looking accessory but it could protect against a very costly situation. And if, for some reason, you do end up with a chipped tooth or even just tooth pain after an impact, it is imperative that you don’t try to take the “tough guy” approach this time. Visit your dentist immediately because there may be some underlying issue that the impact has caused.
Protect Against Dry Mouth
Many medications that are more likely to be prescribed to men than women such as those that treat heart disease and high blood pressure, cause a side effect known as dry mouth which prevents your mouth from producing saliva. When this happens, there’s an increased risk of cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. So when you’re taking these types of medications, it’s important to drink a lot of water, chew sugarless gum and avoid sugar to promote saliva production.
Skipping Dentist Appointments Can Cost You
A study done by the CDC showed that over 40% of men skip their regular dental checkups. When you skip dentist appointments, a critical issue may come up that could’ve been found and fixed months before it became painful, invasive and more expensive. When you make your appointments, it’s one sure-fire way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Prevention is Key
Men tend to smoke, drink alcohol and chew tobacco more than women. This factor makes men more susceptible to oral health issues which can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer.When you avoid these habits, it benefits the health of not only your mouth, but your entire body.