The Academy of General Dentistry conducted a poll of 289 consumers and dentists that revealed that men are less likely than women to visit the dentist. Some of the reasons for this were found in the poll as 45% felt men don’t feel like they need to go to the dentist, 30% felt men may be too embarrassed to go, 18% thought men just don’t have the time, and 5% said that they thought many men didn’t even have a regular dentist. The results of the poll may be somewhat surprising, but thankfully, new developments in the workforce have more men returning to the dentist to improve and maintain their oral health.
Cosmetic improvements for a better job?
A healthy, attractive smile can have a positive impact in today’s business world. More men are heading to the dentist for cosmetic dental treatments including bleaching, bonding and veneers because a winning smile improves self-confidence and can make a person appear more trustworthy and successful. While in the past most men worked for only one or two companies throughout their career, with today’s layoffs and uncertain job market, that’s no longer the case. Now men seem more aware that their appearance affects their professional life. Anything that gives middle-aged men an advantage over the competition full of younger men can be beneficial.
Better oral health equals better overall health
With the growing awareness that good oral health leads to better overall health, men are paying more attention to their mouth and what they put in it. Maintaining proper oral hygiene reduces harmful bacteria in the mouth that can lead to plaque, tartar and gum disease that may compromise the overall health of a person. Eating healthier food improves gum health, can strengthen teeth and helps avoid issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. The simple act of smiling offers health benefits in itself including lowering stress, boosting mood and increasing endorphins. All it takes to obtain and keep a stunning, healthy smile is regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and polishing or additional visits if the dentist finds that needs treatment. Elective cosmetic dentistry treatments are an added touch that may improve a man or woman’s chances of landing that new job or promotion.
Whatever the reason for resuming regular visits to the dentist, everyone can benefit from proper oral care and professional exams and cleanings. To improve the way you feel about your smile and reap the benefits of healthy teeth and gums, contact Creative Dental.