A recent survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of Simply Health showed that there are stark differences between the practices and attitudes of men and women when it comes to caring for their dental health.
The survey looked at men and women from a variety of age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds, and came up with some interesting findings.
Among the key findings were:
More men than women put off visiting the dentist
It was found that 32% of men hadn’t visited a dental practice in the past year, compared with 25% of women. This figure rises to 37% of men aged between 18 and 24, which could suggest a more carefree attitude to dental health, but could also reflect a large number of people in this age group are students, so more prone to financial worries that may prevent them seeking dental treatment.
At Forest Dental we offer a wide range of dental plans to suit all budgets, because we know the importance of maintaining good oral health and preventing further, more expensive to treat problems at a later stage. Our basic plans start at £5.57 a month, covering basic check-ups and hygiene appointments, as well as offering a discount on many common treatments. This can be an ideal and ongoing gift from parents whose children are off to university, to help keep their teeth in good condition while finances are tight.
The survey also showed that more men admit to having bad dental habits, such as 41% who say they have gone to bed after a night out without brushing their teeth. Only 35% of women admit to the same thing. Again, men in the 18-24 age group are the worst for this, with 49% admitting they don’t always brush their teeth before bed.
Women’s worst habit is opening bottles or containers with their teeth, which can cause damage. Some 15% of women and 12% of men admit to opening bottles or containers with their teeth.
The most worrying statistic, however, is about awareness. The survey showed that 75% of men and 66% of women say they are not aware of the symptoms of mouth cancer. Early diagnosis is vital, so something must be done to raise the awareness of early warning signs and symptoms.
At Forest Dental we provide mouth cancer checks as standard during your regular dental check-up.