Men’s Oral Health and Overall Health
Men’s Health Month is celebrated in June to remind men to take care of their health and to encourage regular doctor visits. Studies show that men are less likely than women to take care of their health in general – and oral health even less likely. Oral health is linked to overall health, so men need to get to the dentist.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, men often visit a dentist only when there is a problem, and the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. If he smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. Men are also twice as likely to develop oral and throat cancer as women, and men are more likely to have gum disease. In fact, about 56 percent of men have gum disease compared to 38 percent of women.
Maintaining oral health is essential to overall health, especially among men, who are less likely to seek preventive dental care and more likely to develop oral cancer and periodontal disease than women. The resources below contain additional information:
Disparities in Oral Health