Men are more prone to oral health problems than women because of several risk factors, increasing the need for awareness about good dental habits in these patients. For example, men are more likely to smoke, play sports, and take medications that contribute to oral health problems. By addressing harmful lifestyle factors and getting regular check-ups, men can reduce their risks of cavities, oral cancer, and gum disease, which is associated with bad breath and tooth loss.
Tobacco use, a major risk factor for oral cancer and gum disease, is more common among men than women. If not spotted early, oral cancer is far more likely to spread with disastrous consequences. Whether men smoke or chew tobacco, quitting can help them preserve their oral health as well as their overall health. Sports, particularly contact sports like football, can crack teeth or knock them loose, opening the door to rampant bacterial growth. With custom mouthguards, damage can often be avoided during these activities. Certain heart medications can cause xerostomia, or dry mouth, which raises risks of tooth decay and gum disease. A conversation with the prescribing physician may yield alternative medications that do not cause dry mouth.
With any oral health problem, the rest of the body is placed at risk. This is because, as bad bacteria multiply in the mouth, those bacteria can travel through diseased gums into the blood stream and attack other parts of the body, such as the heart and lungs. To learn more about male oral health risk factors and preventive strategies, men can schedule a consultation with our Houston dentist.
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