Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles

Posted on June 1, 2017 in General oral health

The men in our lives are important to us – which is why we should remind them how essential it is to take good care of their grins. Certain lifestyle choices and habits may put men at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health, but smiles are important – so their oral health care should be, too.

Whether going on a date or wanting to impress work colleagues, more than 69 percent of Americans say a smile can make or break a first impression.1

A nice smile requires good oral health care, which many men could improve upon. In fact, just 69 percent of men brush their teeth the recommended two times a day, and 59 percent of men skip a brushing session at least once a month.2 Regular dental checkups also help keep your smile in tip-top shape – yet only 63 percent of men visit the dentist at least once a year.3 Brush up, guys – your breath and smile will thank you!

Here are some other tips to help improve your smile so you can make great first impressions:

  • Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day to help prevent tooth decay and bad breath.
  • Get screened for gum disease at regular dental visits. Research shows periodontal (gum) disease is higher in men (56.4 percent) than in women (38.4 percent).4
  • Eat healthy foods. Cavity-causing sugar can hide in unsuspecting foods that are high in carbs, such as pretzels and chips. Choose to snack on fruits and veggies instead.
  • Avoid using your teeth as tools. Opening bottles and bags of chips with your teeth is a no-no and can result in dental injuries.
  • Stop using tobacco. Smoking and chewing can lead to oral cancer. And oral cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women.5

We care about the men in our lives – so encourage them to be healthy by caring for their smiles, too.

1 Delta Dental Adult Oral Health & Well-Being Survey, 2017.
2 Delta Dental Adult Oral Health & Well-Being Survey, 2017.
3 Delta Dental Adult Oral Health & Well-Being Survey, 2017.
4 https://www.perio.org/consumer/men
5 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html