Women are better than men when it comes to taking care of their teeth.
That’s according new research published in the Journal of Periodontology which women are more proactive than men in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
According to the study, published in April 2011, women are almost twice as likely to have received a regular dental check-up in the past year.
Also, women were more likely to schedule the recommended treatment following the dental check-up.
Women in the study also had better indicators of periodontal health, including lower incidence of dental plaque, calculus and bleeding on probing; all of which can be used as markers of periodontal disease.
The study also suggested that women have a better understanding of what oral health entails, as well as a more positive attitude towards dental visits.
The study included more than 800 participants between the ages of 18 and 19.
Participants were asked to complete a written questionnaire concerning lifestyle, dental knowledge, dental attitude and oral health behaviours.
In addition, the participants underwent an oral examination to assess for indicators of periodontal disease.
‘It is crucial that everyone – both men and women – strive to maintain periodontal health,’ says Donald S. Clem, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology.
‘With increasing research indicating that one’s periodontal health may be related to overall health, never has it been more important to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. You cannot be healthy unless you are periodontally healthy.’
To assess your risk for periodontal disease or to learn more, visit www.perio.org.
Women versus men
Women are 26% more likely than men to floss on a daily basis. 74% of women would be embarrassed by a missing tooth, a possible consequence of periodontal disease, compared to 57% of men.
Women are almost twice as likely to notice missing teeth on another person than men.
44% of women are aware that periodontists can help contribute to overall good health, compared to 33% of men.