Women take oral hygiene more seriously than men

February 18, 2009 News, General Dentistry, News

Women are better at looking after their teeth and gums than men, according to a survey carried out in the United States.

The national survey, by the American Dental Association (ADA), Crest and Oral B, found that on average men brush their teeth less frequently than women and change their toothbrushes less often too. Of the 1,000 people surveyed 20 percent fewer men brushed their teeth twice a day or more in comparison to women. Men changed their toothbrush on average every 5 months compared to women who used a new toothbrush or power toothbrush head on average every 3 – 4 months. The ADA says worn or frayed bristles are less effective at cleaning and toothbrushes should be switched every 3 – 4 months.

Men would do well to take their oral hygiene seriously – as also according to the survey, the smile is the most attractive physical feature, ranking above other features such as eyes and hair.

The report showed however that both sexes could do with brushing up their smile. For example only half of the people who took part in the survey floss their teeth at least once a day, and a third were not concerned about their gums bleeding whilst brushing their teeth, despite the fact that this could be a indication of gum disease or other health issues.

Research suggests that it is good to keep a check on the health of your gums and teeth as problems with oral health could be symptomatic of other health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.