Most men won’t willingly go to the doctor.
Majority of men aren’t eager to have their aches and pains evaluated.
Most men have no interest in having their teeth cleaned regularly — that’s what they made toothbrushes for, right?
Those are general statements about my own gender, but they are fact based. For whatever reason, most men don’t like dealing with issues, and issues are usually what surface at the doctor. More often than we would like to admit, we prefer to ignore the potential problems that may lie beneath the surface. But applying the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” method to our health isn’t the same as overlooking the loose chair leg at the kitchen table..
Don’t believe me? Here’s a look at some of the most common responses I’ve heard from other men over the years regarding why they put off their dental visits:
- If I was 25 years old, I’d care about my teeth. But I’m 40 now, so it’s too late.
- I don’t want to hear what the dentist is going to say about my lifestyle (tobacco usage, sugar-filled drinks, drinking, etc.).
- I can always get dentures if it comes to that.
The reasons are endless to delay dental care. No excuses; it’s time to take a new perspective. Your age and marital status don’t exempt you from maintaining a healthy smile. Years of neglect doesn’t mean you can’t start anew. Relying on dentures as your backup plan is not a way to live — it’s miserable.
If you value your teeth and care about your health, call me. It’s time to step it up and start small:
- Keep up with the basic brushing hygiene.
- Floss — it makes a real difference.
- Schedule, at minimum, one dental visit each year. If you can give me 30 minutes each year, I can make a real difference on your smile.
- Cut back on the sugary drinks.
- Rinse your mouth. You don’t want the acid sitting on your teeth if you can’t give up the sugary drinks.