A new survey has found that women are more proactive in taking care of their teeth than men, and that women are also more likely to notice oral health problems in others too! Survey results like this are not really that surprising. After all, women and girls are generally more concerned about taking care of their appearance; applying creams every night, make-up in the morning and spending hours on their hair before they can leave the house – although there are some guys who would give them tough competition! Oral hygiene may be more of a health issue, but it is still linked to your appearance. Forget to brush or floss and you could soon find yourself with a discoloured smile or even rotten teeth.
The gender attitude to health
Other surveys in the past have found that women are also better at seeking help for medical problems, whether it’s visiting the doctor when they’re feeling sick or visiting the dentist when they have a toothache. This attitude towards their bodies and their health means that girls are less likely to develop serious oral health problems, unlike men who will stoically put up with any pain, and then end up needing serious and expensive treatment to fix whatever problem their stubborn attitude has caused.
Not only are women better at maintaining a good oral healthcare routine, with many of the participants brushing, flossing and using mouthwash twice a day, but they also have a better understanding of the kinds of health problems and conditions that can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Some of the male participants, on the other hand, didn’t even know that gum disease could lead to tooth loss if left untreated!
Cover up your imperfections
It seems that women don’t just care about their own oral health, either, as they are more likely to notice when someone else, including members of the opposite sex, have a problem with their smile. In fact, females are more than twice as likely to notice a missing tooth on another person as their male counterparts. Single guys should pay attention to figures like that and take better care of their teeth if they want to secure the girl of their dreams; it seems like she might not be interested if you have an ugly-looking gap in your grin. And married men probably shouldn’t get too cosy either. Can you imagine the amount of nagging you’d have to put up with if you ignored the signs of gum disease or tooth decay for so long that you ended up losing your teeth? Probably best to just improve your oral hygiene routine and enjoy a quiet life…
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