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Men: Here’s What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Mouth Healthy | Dr. Duy Nguyen

by | Dentist Lady Lake, General Dentistry

Gentlemen, taking care of your dental health is essential for overall well-being. Did you know that by age 72, men lose an average of 5 teeth, with the number spiking to 12 for smokers? Here’s what you need to know to safeguard your oral health and defy the odds stacked against men.

Understanding the Basics
Men face higher risks of periodontal (gum) disease and oral cancer compared to women. Additionally, men are more prone to tooth loss. Shockingly, a survey by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) revealed that 45% of men don’t consider regular dental visits necessary. This is concerning, given men’s predisposition to oral health issues. Regular check-ups at our office enable us to detect and address problems early on.

Identifying Risk Factors
Certain medications can impact dental health directly or induce side effects like dry mouth, reducing saliva production crucial for enamel strength. Smoking or chewing tobacco, including e-cigarettes, elevates the risk of oral cancer and other dental complications. If you engage in contact sports like football or hockey, using a mouthguard is imperative to shield your teeth. Limiting consumption of energy and sports drinks, which contain acids and sugars promoting decay, is advisable.

Combatting Periodontal Disease
Men are more susceptible to periodontal disease, characterized by hardened plaque buildup on teeth and gums. This tartar accumulation can lead to gum inflammation, linked to increased risks of strokes, heart attacks, and diabetic complications. If your gums appear red, swollen, or bleed easily, scheduling an appointment with us is crucial. Our skilled dental team will evaluate your gum health and recommend appropriate treatment.

Home Care Essentials
While regular dental visits are vital, practicing good oral hygiene at home is equally important. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time using an appropriate toothpaste. If unsure about the best toothpaste for you, don’t hesitate to ask our team for guidance. Flossing daily complements brushing, ensuring thorough cleaning and facilitating smoother dental appointments.

Men, prioritize your dental health by adopting healthy habits. Minimize sugar and acid intake, avoid tobacco products, and keep us informed about your medications. Regular dental visits are paramount for a healthy smile. For more personalized tips or to schedule your next dental examination, reach out to our office today.

Dr. Duy Nguyen and the Heritage Dental team are committed to supporting men’s oral health journey. Contact us to embark on a path towards optimal dental wellness.

To schedule a cleaning and examination, please contact our office. 

Heritage Dental of Lady Lake
Phone: 3527504111
422 Teague Trail
Lady Lake, FL 32159