A recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology made some interesting discoveries, especially if you’re a woman. When 800 participants were questioned about their oral health habits, it was the female respondents who demonstrated a better understanding of the importance of oral health and the steps needed to prevent tooth and gum disease.
Woman had already been found to be more prone to visit a doctor when sick or injured as well as for regular checkups, and this study showed that this behavior carries into their dental habits as well. They were twice as likely to have had dental check ups within the previous year and had overall better indicators of oral health such as less plague buildup and bleeding from their gums during examination.
In addition to the above, the study also found that women:
- Were 26% more likely to floss daily as opposed to men
- Would be more embarrassed by a the appearance of a missing tooth
- Are twice as likely to notice a missing tooth on someone else compared to men
- Were more aware that periodontists contribute to overall oral health
Unfortunately, periodontal disease does not distinguish between the sexes. Even if you weren’t aware of these facts, bacteria will still have the same damaging effect on your mouth. Periodontal disease can be as mild as bleeding gums to as serious as permanent tooth and bone loss. Your best defense is daily brushing and flossing and regularly scheduled dental exams with professional cleanings. During these visits, we can stop gum disease before it happens by thoroughly removing the bacteria-loving tartar buildup that leads to gum disease. Early detection can prevent invasive procedures down the road.
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we won’t discriminate. We want everyone to have a healthy smile! It’s never too late to begin a good oral care regimen. Call for your appointment today.