June is Men’s Health Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the health issues that disproportionately affect men and encouraging them to seek preventive care. At Frankel Dentistry, we believe that oral health is a crucial part of overall well-being. However, statistics show that men are often less likely to schedule regular dental visits and doctor check-ups. This blog delves into the reasons behind this trend and underscores the importance of regular health screenings.

Men's Health Month is June

Why Men Skip the Dentist and Doctor

Men tend to visit healthcare providers, including dentists, less frequently than women. Several factors contribute to this pattern:

  1. Perception of Invulnerability: Many men, especially younger ones, often feel that they are less likely to suffer from health issues, leading them to skip preventive measures.
  2. Busy Schedules: Balancing work, family, and other responsibilities can make finding time for health appointments challenging.
  3. Fear and Anxiety: Dental fear or general anxiety about medical visits can deter men from seeking regular care.
  4. Cultural and Social Norms: Societal expectations can sometimes pressure men to “tough it out” and avoid showing vulnerability by seeking medical help.

Eye-Opening Statistics on Men’s Health

The statistics paint a stark picture of men’s health behaviors and outcomes:

– Dental Visits: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only about 62% of men visited the dentist in the past year, compared to 68% of women .

– General Health Check-Ups: Men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the past year .

– Life Expectancy: On average, men live about 5 years less than women, largely due to higher rates of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions .

– Preventive Care: Only 40% of men engage in preventive health care, such as regular screenings and vaccinations, compared to 55% of women.

Encouraging Better Health Habits

At Frankel Dentistry, we encourage all our patients, but this month, especially men, to prioritize their health. Here are some steps to help you stay on top of your oral and overall health:

  1. Schedule Regular Check-Ups: Make it a point to visit your dentist and doctor annually for check-ups and cleanings.
  2. Adopt a Daily Oral Hygiene Routine: Brush twice daily, floss regularly, and use mouthwash to keep your mouth healthy.
  3. Stay Informed: Understand the link between oral health and other health issues. Knowledge is a powerful motivator for taking action.
  4. Seek Support: If anxiety or fear is a barrier, talk to your healthcare provider about your concerns. Many practices offer solutions to help patients feel more comfortable.

Oral Health Month Infographic

Men’s Health Month is an excellent opportunity to reflect on and improve our health habits. At Frankel Dentistry, we are committed to supporting men’s health by providing comprehensive dental care that contributes to overall well-being. Schedule your dental appointment with one of our Frankel Dentistry offices, Toledo, Maumee, or Oregon.

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