When it comes to the battle of the sexes, women have men beat at maintaining oral health. It’s a proven fact that men are less likely to take good care of their teeth. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, men are 26% less likely to floss their teeth on a daily basis compared to women. Just by not flossing your teeth, you’re missing 35% of your smiles surface, leaving plaque to harden into tartar and decline your oral health. On average, women are more than 8% more likely to brush their teeth twice a day than men are. It’s time to even the playing field. Men, follow these basic oral health tips from your Pasadena dentist to keep your teeth strong and breath fresh!
1. Brush at least two times a day!
The Oral Health Foundation found that one in four adults admit that they don’t brush twice a day, including a third of men. Basically, your mouth is breeding ground for bacteria. It’s true that some of it is good, but the bad bacteria needs to be removed on a daily basis. The point of brushing your teeth in the morning is to remove the bacteria that has been festering overnight in your mouth. It’s also important to remove the bacteria and food that has built up around your mouth at the end of the day.
2. Brush for at least 2 minutes a day!
Just because you brush twice a day doesn’t mean you’re brushing effectively, especially if you’ve skipped brushing in the past. It should take a full two minutes to clean all the areas of your mouth thoroughly. Make sure you are reaching all the surfaces of your mouth while brushing—the roof of your mouth, your tongue, along your gum line, and on the outsides and insides of your teeth. It’s important to pay special attention to your molars. Concentrate on reaching those hard to reach places in the very back of your mouth. The spots of your smile that aren’t brushed correctly leave your teeth and gums vulnerable to dangerous bacteria build-up. Remember guys, nobody wants to be bothered with bad breath—whether it be your coworker or a potential date!
3. Floss once a day!
It’s not uncommon for patients to tell a white lie about flossing during their dental hygiene appointments. About 27% of adults tell their dentist that they floss their teeth regularly, but their teeth and gums clearly show that they don’t. Even though it’s a lot of work, it’s also detrimental to maintaining healthy teeth. By flossing once a day before you brush, you’re loosening the dangerous debris, leftover food, and plaque from between your teeth and around your gum line. It only takes 30 days to start a consistent habit! Practice removing these harmful materials and you’ll have improved oral health in no time!
What happens when men don’t follow these dental tips?
There’s mounting evidence that shows a direct correlation between poor dental hygiene and various health conditions—not just limited to your mouth, either! If you choose to ignore our helpful advice, you’ll for sure get cavities—that’s the least of your worries.
- You’re at higher risk of developing gum disease.
- You could risk losing your permanent, natural teeth.
- You’ll probably have chronic bad breath.
- You have a higher risk for developing severe general health issues like dementia, pneumonia, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease!
A healthy mouth reflects a healthy body! Call Sierra Smiles today to make sure your dental health—and general health—is staying on the right track. If not, our office is more than happy to help you. It’s easy, start with a dental cleaning in Pasadena!