What All Men Need to Know About Their Oral Health
During Men’s Health Week in June, we shared how Australian men seem to fall behind women when it comes to taking care of their oral health.
Taking care of one’s oral health is important for both genders but, because of unhealthy lifestyle choices and habits such as smoking and drinking, some men are at extra risk of developing gum disease.
Men who smoke, take medication, and play sport should be extra vigilant when taking care of their oral health. Here are some helpful tips from the Academy of General Dentistry and Delta Dental about how to better care for your teeth and gums:
Men Who Take Medications
Many types of prescription drugs can cause tooth erosion as a result of the medicine’s acidity level, or because these medicines inhibit salivary flow, which then causes dry mouth. Having dry mouth means that your mouth’s natural defense against tooth decay is compromised as the job of saliva is to neutralise acid produced by bacteria.
In order to ease dry mouth, men who take oral medications are advised to increase water intake, chew sugar-free gum, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks, avoid salty foods, and use alcohol-free mouth rinse.
Men Who Smoke
Men who have unsatisfactory oral health habits are already at risk of developing gum disease. If we then factor in smoking, this is a complete recipe for gum problems and even oral cancer.
For men who smoke, it is important to see your dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and to have an oral cancer screening so that problems can be detected early.
Men Who Play Sports
Dental emergencies can happen when playing contact sports like soccer, basketball or baseball. For men who play these sports, the Australian Dental Association emphasises the importance of wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard that fits the shape of the teeth and mouth properly.
Having a Y chromosome is not an excuse to neglect one’s oral health. Men who smoke, play sports, take medications, or drink sugary beverages should be extra vigilant. You may be tough but tooth decay is tougher!