Oral Care for Men

Oral Health Care for Men

 
It has been studied that men are less likely to care for their teeth than a woman. That’s because they avoid preventative care and tend to only visit their dentist in Noblesville, IN when trouble arises. Here’s what you need to know about oral care for men.
 

Periodontal Disease

 
This disease comes from the plaque in your mouth which turns into tartar when left untreated. Over time, this will cause the fibers of the gum to break down. When the gums can no longer cling tightly to the teeth, patients experience periodontal pockets which continue to fill with bacteria. Not only can you lose teeth as a result, but it puts you at greater risk for strokes and heart attacks.
 
Some symptoms can include:
Swollen, red or tender gum tissue
Bleeding gums
Bad breath
Tooth loss
 
Other problems that lead to periodontal disease can include:
Medications
Dry mouth 
Tobacco use
Poor dental health
 
Oral Cancer
 
Men who use tobacco products are also more likely to develop oral cancers of the mouth. Many of these will occur on the tongue, gums or lips. When this goes untreated, it quickly spreads leading to death or irreversible damage to the mouth. Visiting the dentist twice a year is the best way to detect oral cancers early.
 
Sports
 
Because men tend to play more sports, there is also a higher risk of injury to the mouth. To prevent any damage, it is wise to use a mouth guard anytime there is the possibility of trauma to your mouth. 
 

Good Oral Hygiene

 
To help fight the damaging effects of plaque and tartar, it is important that you maintain proper oral hygiene. These steps include:
Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
Floss once daily
Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup
Replace your toothbrush every three months or as soon as the bristles wear out
Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
 
Being a man puts you at a disadvantage to maintaining good oral health, but there are ways to fight against that. You can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for many years to come by simply taking a few action steps. Speak to your dentist in Noblesville, IN about other possibilities to improve your oral well-being. Our office can be reached at (317) 773-1302.