This is National Men’s Health Week (June 9-15). So listen up all you tough guys!
You might have muscles and the guts to make it in the real world, whether you're a construction worker or a business tycoon, it doesn't mean that you are immune to dental health problems. Guys who think seeing a little blood in the sink after brushing is normal should visit the dentist to see if they are developing gum disease. Research has linked gum disease to a variety of other health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. Regular dental checkups are important for people of both genders and all ages.
Both men and women responding to a national survey last year said a nice smile was a person's most attractive feature — beating out the eyes, hair and body. The survey also showed that men are less likely to take care of their dental health and put their most prized asset in jeopardy.
Only 66 percent of men said that they brush their teeth twice a day, compared to 86 percent of women. Men also changed their toothbrush less frequently than recommended, on an average every five months instead of every three or four months.
And yes, the tough cowboys of the historic American West may have smoked, chewed or thrown back some liquor, but tobacco and alcohol are potential smile wreckers and downright dangerous. Guys who smoke cigars, cigarettes and pipes; use dip, snuff or chewing tobacco; or drink alcohol are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women, and their risk goes up after they hit age 50. Quitting tobacco and moderating or avoiding alcohol can protect those pearly whites and maybe even save your life.
Athletes that play contact sports like soccer, football, basketball and hockey should use a mouth guard to protect their teeth and road warriors who ride bicycles or motorcycles should wear a helmet.
So make that call today and get an appointment with your local dentist.