In 1965 James Brown sang “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” A few years earlier Harry Belafonte sang to us “That’s right – the women are smarter!” So who is right when it comes to dental health?
It turns out one group is more likely to have healthier gums, less plaque and tartar build-up, fewer areas of bleeding gums, and lower incidents of gum disease. This group also is twice as likely to schedule regular dental check-ups and is much better at following through with treatment recommended by their dentist.
To top it off, they have a better understanding of oral health and a more positive attitude about visiting the dentist! So just who are these dental superstars?
According to the Journal Of Periodontology, a professional journal which publishes articles on gum disease – it’s the “fairer sex” who has the advantage when it comes to dental health. Maybe it’s true that “the women are smarter!”
So does that mean females are less likely to have cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and stinky breath? Sorry guys – the answer is yes.
The good news is – it seems to have nothing to do with genetics or the fact that women and men have a different chromosomal arrangement. It is purely because women take better care of their teeth and gums and see their dentists more regularly.
So how about it guys? It’s time to “get on the stick” – or at least the toothbrush. There is no medical reason that many of you should need to have deep cleanings, gums surgery and a funky mouth, it’s just an education and commitment thing. (Now if you have commitment issues, maybe your help lies elsewhere…) Start taking better care of your teeth and gums, and be sure to give us a call at 610-525-5497 to schedule your next appointment! And women – keep up the good work!
At Dillon Family Dentistry we care about ALL of our patients – men and women! We are always here for you, to answer any questions you have about your dental health, even if you are outside the Bryn Mawr area. We provide family dental services, painless dental care, dentures and other dental services. Give us a call today!