According to an article by Medical News Today, 47% of the population admits that when it comes to brushing in the evening, they are often negligent. And who does the article say makes up 59% of this group? Women.
These results were found by the British Dental Health Foundation in a recent study. The researchers found that only 35% of men regularly skip brushing at night, as opposed to the previously mentioned 59% of women.
Because of the importance of brushing your teeth at night, these findings would seem to indicate that men generally have better overall oral health. However, a different article by DentistryIQ talks about recent research done by the Journal of Periodontology which contrarily showed that women are almost twice as likely to go in for regular dental checkups than men.
This study also showed that following the checkup, women are also more likely to schedule the needed treatment. Women generally have better periodontal health, showing less results of plaque and bleeding gums. In addition, women tend to have better understanding of oral health and a more positive attitude when visiting the dentist.
Taking Care of Your Mouth
No one has a by in maintaining oral health. Dr. Donald S. Clem, periodontist and president of the American Academy of Periodontology, says, “It is crucial that everyone — both men and women — strive to maintain periodontal health. With increasing research indicating that one’s periodontal health may be related to overall health, never has it been more important to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. You cannot be healthy unless you are periodontally healthy.”
So, whether you are a woman who brushes at night or a man who regularly sees the dentist, you are not exempt from taking care of your teeth and gums. Dr. Clem says that the best way to stay in tip-top periodontal shape is to brush and floss daily. He also recommends receiving a once-yearly comprehensive periodontal exam to determine and assess any potential gum diseases.