It’s unfortunate but true that men are more affected by oral disease than women. Multiple studies have shown that not only do men experience the condition significantly more often, but they also have a more severe presentation on average than women with gum disease. Some recent studies have finally discerned the reasons for this, and the good news is that most of the discrepancy is due to lifestyle and environmental factors. This means men can effectively reduce their extra risk if they take a few steps to do so.
Lifestyle Risks To Your Gums
Gingivitis and other gum infections often occur when the chemistry or moisture level in your mouth is off. Your natural balance of bacteria, saliva PH, and other factors are in a delicate balance, and proper oral care helps keep that balance. When your mouth becomes dried out, the gum tissue can pull away from teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can be nurtured. Pairing that with inefficient brushing practices or a tendency to skip steps when cleaning your teeth at home can create the perfect environment where bacteria have food and a place to grow that is hard to reach with brushing.
Alcohol and tobacco are prime causes of dehydration and damage to oral tissues, and men are more likely to consume them in excess. Studies have also shown that women are more likely than men to follow through with all the recommended dental visits and other steps to preserve their smiles.
Take Charge of Your Risk
If you want to reduce your risk of gum disease, it’s easy to get started. Just follow these simple steps:
- Build a brushing and flossing regimen that follows best practices
- Make prompt appointments for cleanings and other procedures
- Follow the advice of a periodontist like Dr. Rice
- Curb risky behaviors like regular alcohol and tobacco use
Contact us for more information
If you’re looking for a cleaning or any other help with your gums, contact the Advanced Laser Gum Surgery Institute of Washington for a consultation appointment. Our team is always ready to help you improve your oral health.Talk to US About an Appointment