When it comes to the main aspects of our oral health: our teeth, gums, tongue and so on, men and women are pretty similar. In recent studies, women were shown to visit the dentist more often than men, but that doesn’t mean men don’t care about oral health. According to your dentist in Newtown, the two groups have different considerations when planning and maintaining their oral health, especially when you look at them biologically.
To understand this phenomenon better, your dentist will explain the key difference men and women have when it comes to oral health.
Research on the Habits of Oral Care
According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, women were nearly twice as likely to receive regular dental checkups in a given year. The study consisted of 800 participants between the ages of 18 and 19. During the study, they were asked to complete a written questionnaire regarding:
- Dental Knowledge
- Dental Attitude
- Oral Health Behaviors
They were also given an oral health exam to determine if they had any indicators of periodontal disease. According to the data, women were also more likely to have better indicators of periodontal health. This was quantified by lower incidences of plaque, calculus, and bleeding on probing, all factors dentists use as markers for gum disease.
Keep in mind, this doesn’t guarantee that all women are more attentive to oral care than men, however, it begs the questions: what factors do men and women have to consider more than their counterpart?
Biological Differences Matter
According to your family dentist in Newtown, hormonal changes in the body can influence oral health in patients, especially women. For example, during puberty, women experience a high production of estrogen and progesterone which causes increased blood flow to gum tissues. This causes the gums to react differently to plaque and oral bacteria. Therefore, the risk of red, swollen, and tender gums is higher, so women will need to take extra care when brushing during this age.
Furthermore, women who are pregnant experience dramatic changes in hormone levels, particularly in progesterone. A condition known as pregnancy gingivitis can occur, increasing the risk of more advanced stages of periodontal disease. This is precisely why your dentist recommends visiting the dentist more often during pregnancy, around 3 to 4 times a year.
Male or Female, Long-Term Preventive Care Matters
Regardless of these differences, your dentist in Newtown takes many more substantial factors into account than just your biological sex. Other significant factors such as age, risk factors for developing oral disease, medical history, and patient commitment to oral care matter when determining the risk of periodontal disease.
By brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist every 6 months, you’ll already be ahead of most people when it comes to oral care, male or female. Schedule an appointment with your family dentist in Newtown today to learn how well your regimen is working!
About the Author
Dr. Glen Barlow earned his DMD degree from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. Since then, he’s stayed up-to-date on the many advances in dentistry via classes at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. To learn more his preventive tips and practice, contact him at (215) 579-9900 or visit his website.