Dental Care for Men

It’s become evident in oral health studies that perhaps the single most dangerous factor to a man’s oral health is his attitude. In short, men routinely take the “strong, silent” approach, seeing their dentist or doctor less frequently than women, and often only when there is a serious problem.

For instance, in the American Dental Associations's 2003 Public Opinion Survey: Oral Health of the U.S. Population, women were more likely than men to brush their teeth after every meal (28.7% to 20.5%) or twice a day (56.8% to 49%). The survey also revealed women were more likely to visit a dentist than men (89.2% to 74.6%).

Quick Facts About Men and Oral Health

  • Men who smoke or chew tobacco are at twice the risk for gum disease or oral cancer. 90% of oral cancers occur after age 45
  • Men are also more likely to be on heart medications that may cause dry mouth. The resulting lower level of saliva means a greater risk of tooth decay
  • If you play sports, you face a greater potential for trauma to the mouth and teeth. Wear a mouthguard
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day
  • Use toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Limit sweets
  • Visit your dentist regularly