Increased Chances Of Gum Disease
Neglecting oral care is about more than just vanity — it’s about overall health. Research has found that 34% of adult men between 30-54 years of age already have gum disease, compared to 23% of women in that age group. Even scarier, 56% of men between 55-90 years of age have gum disease, compared to 44% of women.
Gum disease is a result of plaque, which hardens into a rough, porous substance called tartar. The gums are irritated by the acids produced and the bacteria released in tartar. These acids cause the breakdown of fibers that anchor the gums tightly to the teeth. As a result, periodontal pockets are created that fill with even more bacteria.
Poor Dental Care Increases Risk of Oral Cancer
Over 8,000 people die every year of oral cancer, and men are two times more likely to suffer from oral cancer than women. If caught early, oral cancer treatment can easily be successful, but preventative care appointments are necessary to make this possible. When it’s not caught early, treatment can be difficult and even lead to death.
In addition, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and possibly erectile dysfunction and Alzheimer’s can all be connected to an unhealthy mouth. Yet knowing all this, men are still hesitant to make an appointment.
So the question remains, “Why?”