If you ask married couples whether the husband or wife schedules their dental and medical appointments, many of them will tell you the wife takes on that responsibility – assuming she can persuade her husband to go at all! Of course, there are plenty of exceptions to that, but you might be interested in the research that’s been done about how many women get regular dental checkups versus men. These bi-annual visits with a dentist in Scarborough lead to better oral health, which is crucial for a good quality of life – for both women and men. Keep reading to learn if one gender suffers the consequences of missing checkups more than the other and how checkups benefit your oral health!
How Do Men and Women Differ When it Comes To Seeing a Dentist?
Research from the Center For Disease Control between 1997-2013 found that women consistently get dental checkups more than men. One positive finding was that the number of (overall) people who regularly see a dentist went up from 1997-2013, but the increase was still seen more among women than men.
Seeing a dentist twice a year also goes hand-in-hand with better hygiene at home, so it can be a double-whammy of benefit for everyone who goes. Or, it can be a double-whammy of consequences for those who don’t!
What Are the Benefits of Regular Dental Care?
Here are just some of the benefits of getting a checkup every six months:
- Less dental work – Seeing a dentist consistently means you can catch potential problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix, preventing the need for more extensive procedures later.
- Fewer emergencies – Regular care also reduces the chance of suddenly finding yourself with an emergency toothache in the middle of the night, on vacation, or during a busy work week.
- Important screenings – You get important screenings at your checkups, including for serious conditions like oral cancer. As with all cancers, early detection is key.
- Prevention – Regular care is very important for preventing oral health issues such as gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
- Better overall health – Research over the last 20 years has found that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some cancers. That means that regular checkups contribute to better gum health and overall health.
When it comes to your oral health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – and checkups are an essential part of that!
About the Author
Dr. Arti Patel is a general, restorative and cosmetic dentist in Scarborough who encourages everyone to schedule routine, preventative care. She knows that her patients who get checkups every six months spend less time in the dental chair overall than those who don’t. If you have any questions, she can be reached via her website or at (416) 285-4545.