Men, Women, and Dental Checkups
There are many differences between women and men, and researchers are discovering that the list of those differences is still growing. For example, it has recently been discovered that men and women regard their dental health in very different ways.
During a study on the topic, a group of eight hundred individuals between the ages of eighteen and nineteen were all given both a written questionnaire and a dental exam. The researchers were able to deduce several different things from both halves of the study. For example, they found that women are almost twice as likely to have received regular dental care during the past year, as well as twice as likely to follow up on resulting treatment. This particular study focused on gum care, and the signs of periodontal, or gum disease. They also had overall better gum health, including lower incidence of plaque, calculus, and bleeding during the process. Furthermore, it was noted that the women participating in the study had a better attitude toward their dentist, and a better understanding of oral health.
Another study was conducted by researchers at Duke University by phone. They received information from 650,000 middle aged and elderly United States citizens between the years of 1999 and 2008. They concluded that women were 33% more likely to receive preventative dental care, like regular check-ups, for example, than men.
Reasons for these results are unclear, although the message is. Good oral hygiene and visits to your dentist is important, no matter your gender.
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