While everyone is guilty of skipping an occasional check-up, men are more likely than women to put off going to the dentist.
Some men are even more susceptible to dental problems and should take extra care in monitoring their teeth and gums. If you take medications that cause dry-mouth, or use tobacco, be especially diligent about visiting the dentist regularly, as these lifestyle habits put you at greater risk for oral health problems. Additionally, if you notice bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, you may need more regular checkups.
Men who participate in sports have a greater chance for trauma to the mouth. When playing contact sports, such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball or baseball, it is important to use a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a flexible appliance made of plastic that protects teeth during impact.
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