Men's Oral Health

Studies have shown that men are less likely than women to visit a dentist, and often only do so after a problem arises. PDA encourages the public, regardless of gender or age, to seek regular, preventive dental care. Men and women are prone to different types of oral diseases.


What oral health problems are men more prone to than women?
Oral cancer affects twice as many men than women. Men also are more prone to periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth, caused by the plaque-forming bacteria in your mouth.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Warning signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that bleed easily.
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in your mouth.
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
  • Pus appearing between the teeth and gums when gums are pressed.
  • Change in teeth alignment.
  • Change in the fit of dentures.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is easily preventable. PDA offers the following tips.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
  • Eat a nutritious and well-balanced diet.
  • Visit your dentist every six months for an oral health checkup and professional cleaning.
  • Contact your dentist immediately if you notice any symptoms of periodontal disease.

How can I protect myself from oral cancer?
To help protect against oral cancer, PDA recommends the following:

  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol use.
  • Visit your dentist every six months and ensure that oral cancer screenings are a part of every checkup.
  • Wear lip balm that contains sunscreen.
  • Eat nutritious foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.


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