Men who don’t take their oral health seriously face some tough decisions, but one expert says they should be grateful for a few new tools that help.
Men’s Oral Health Expert: Why Are We Missing the Message?
New research has found that some men are not taking their oral hygiene seriously, and are less likely to use the right tools to protect themselves from potentially harmful bacteria.
A study of more than 200 men, released Wednesday by the American Academy of Oral Health, found that more than half of them were not using oral hygiene products, or taking them at all.
The findings, based on data from more than 2,000 participants, were based on responses to questionnaires and interviews.
They also suggest that men aren’t being as educated about the importance of oral hygiene as they could be.
In addition, the survey showed that men often don’t see the need for a full-time dentist.
“Men have had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that their teeth have a lot to do with their health,” said study author Dr. Christopher Karp, a professor of oral medicine at the University of Florida.
“The idea of having a fulltime dentist is one that is very common among men.”
“The idea that you need a full time dentist is not something that many men are thinking about,” Karp added.
“It is more of a societal thing.”
The survey also found that men are often confused about the risks and benefits of using a variety of oral care products, and that they often do not understand how to use them properly.
Some of the new research is consistent with previous research that suggests that men may be more likely to be using certain products incorrectly than women.
Men are also more likely than women to say they don’t use a good-quality product that protects against harmful bacteria, such as a mouthwash or a toothpaste, which could be one of the main reasons that they may not have the proper tools to take care of their teeth.
Karp and colleagues asked men to describe their oral care experiences.
They asked them to tell a series of stories about how they have taken care of themselves or their loved ones and how much they have improved with a different type of oral product or treatment.
The men also rated their perceptions of their health on a scale from 0 (very poor) to 10 (very good).
The results show that men’s overall satisfaction with their oral needs is better than it has been in at least five years, and the survey found that only about 1 in 10 men said they had no problems with their overall health.
Among those who said they have problems with oral health and did not use a mouthwashing product, the vast majority of men (93 percent) say they have had no improvement.
While some men have been hesitant to use products that might not protect against harmful germs, Karp said that most people who are not confident with the products they use are unlikely to change their behavior.
For some men, there is also a sense of shame about their own oral health issues, and even self-doubt about the effectiveness of the products that they are using.
But Karp says there is hope.
Because oral health is a common issue in men, Kasparp said it may be time to give up trying to control what you put in your mouth.
Dr. Robert Hagerty, a clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said he believes the new study shows that men who are looking for solutions for their oral problems are in a better position than they were before.
It is also important for men to have the right tool at hand.
Hagerry said he often recommends that people not only use a product that doesn’t cause problems for them, but also that the product is made with a special formula that helps protect against bacteria.
For those who are concerned about the health of their mouth, Karsp said he recommends that they use a fluoride-free toothpaste and a non-staining mouthwash.