Did you know that men are less likely to brush their teeth twice a day than women? According to the Healthy Ireland Survey 2022, 79% of men reported brushing twice a day compared with 92% of women. During Men's Health Week 2023, the DHF would like to encourage men to become an "Action Man" and take control of their oral health.
Poor oral health may affect your general health with links between gum disease, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Daily oral hygiene can support feelings of wellbeing and improve your quality of life. Here are some tips to give you the tools to make positive changes for your oral health.
- Brush twice a day for 2-3 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste (1450ppm) and a soft/medium toothbrush. Spit, don't rinse after brushing.
- Floss daily to reduce plaque build up and/or use interdental brushes.
- Visit your dental team at least once a year for a check up and a mouth cancer examination (even if you have no teeth or wear dentures).
- Try to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet. Remember small changes can make a big difference!
- Choose healthy snacks and limit sugary foods and drinks.
- Keep hydrated with unflavoured water or milk.
- Regular exercise may help relieve stress which is a risk factor for gum disease and tooth grinding.
- Smoking and alcohol increases your risk of mouth cancer, heart disease, bad breath, gum disease and stains on your teeth. Visit www.quit.ie and www.drinkaware.ie for further advice.