International Women’s Day is our time to come together to celebrate women’s achievements while doing our best to break the bias by forging for a gender equal world. As a part of this female focus we’re taking a look at women’s oral health with Lead Hygienist from Maven Dental Robina, Sarah Cash.
The obvious differences between men and women are extensive however, you may be surprised to hear oral health is one of them! After all, both men and women have teeth, gums, and a tongue – so, what’s the difference?
We spoke to Lead Hygienist at Maven Dental Robina, Sarah Cash, about women specific dental health concerns, and the best steps and precautions to take to maintain a beautiful smile.
Who is better at taking care of their teeth: Men or Women?
As we all know, oral health regime discipline is incredibly important if you wish to maintain a beautiful smile. Ladies win the battle of the genders in this department as statistics indicate that women are far more compliant with their daily, oral health care routine at home.
In addition to this, men experience more dental issues as women tend to be more proactive when it comes to accepting treatment and scheduling regular check-ups with their dentist. This in turn assists in preventing complex oral health conditions in their tracks.
This may come as no secret as Sarah shares that adults over 15 who rated their oral as hygiene as poor were more often men (25%) than women, (23%).
Furthermore, studies found that gum disease (gingivitis) is more prevalent in males (35%) compared to females (23%).
What are the key observations for women when it comes to their oral health?
There are a few dental specific, key watch outs for women to keep an eye out for. Many of which stem from hormonal changes that occur throughout a woman’s life that can have a negative impact on dental health if a good oral health routine is not maintained. These stages include puberty, monthly menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause. Dental issues that can occur include: