Oral Health – A Commonly Neglected Health Aspect


As most of you are aware, the overall well-being of a person is directly connected with proper functioning of all organ systems. Most of men are usually concerned about their vital organ systems, including circulatory system, respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system, urinary system etc., as their unhealthy state may lead to very quick and severe symptoms. This is why most men tend to seek less preventive oral care and often ignore theiroral health until they face some real oral or dental problems.

According to several surveys conducted in a number of countries about people’s awareness and level of oral care, the following facts surfaced up:

  • Approximately 8 percent less number of men than women usually brush their teeth after each meal.
  • Nearly 7.5 percent less number of men brush their teeth twice a day than women.
  • 34% men develop gum diseases between the age of 30 and 54 years as compared to 23% of women.
  • 56% men develop gum diseases between the age of 30 and 54 years as compared to 44% of women.

Quite clearly, the increased number of oral problems in men is associated with the lack of oral care as compared to women.

Who is at great risk of developing oral problems?

Almost everyone who is not careful about the oral hygiene since lack of hygienic practices is a major reason behind the dental and oral diseases. In addition, people who usually suffer from ‘dry mouth’ due to any reasons are at a higher risk of developing oral problems.

Many cardiovascular diseases or respiratory health conditions may put you at a risk of having ‘dry mouth’. On the other hand, several medicines also cause dry mouth. Other than medication and diseases, poor habits including, chewing of tobacco, smoking, drinking alcohol, consuming high-sugar and oily food, salty food may also cause your oral health to deteriorate without you noticing it. Harmful chemicals in chewable tobacco may even cause the mouth cancer posing a severe health risks.

In addition, people who play sports actively are more likely to have shocks and impacts that can cause direct damage to your teeth, gums, and can even cause permanent disfigurement of your teeth.

How to take care of your oral health?

Some quick tips can ensure a long health of your teeth, gums and mouth, including:

  • Use of fluoride based toothpaste twice or thrice daily for around two-three minutes each time helps reduce tooth decay
  • Use of a soft toothbrush with the right technique can help remove the food particles and harmful substances from your teeth
  • Consumption of a lot of water daily can help you avoid the ‘dry mouth’. This also helps remove the residual food particles that often result in plaque.
  • Use of floss with the correct technique can really help you get rid of unwanted plaque being accumulated at the places in your mouth where your toothbrush cannot reach
  • Reducing or avoiding consumption of alcohol, chewable tobacco, cigarettes and overly salty or sugary foods can also reduce the risk of developing oral problems
  • Regular visits to a dental clinic also allows you to periodically check your oral health

In a nutshell, few better habits and hygienic practices can ensure better and longer oral health. In men who are more likely to run into oral problems at earlier ages, these quick tips can really help prevent several gum diseases and sometimes, even the dangerous diseases including oral cancer. This piece of information was curated and created with the help of Origym.

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Khalid Irfan is blogger by passion and digital marketer by profession, he is a health enthusiast too. He loves to share about Health and Fitness tips, Diet, Nutrition and Natural home made remedies for our day to day health problems.