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Women ‘control plaque better than men’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Dental marketing campaigns may need to urge men to spend more time on removing plaque in their mouths after it was claimed women are better at this part of an oral health routine.

According to Professor Robin Seymour from the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel, the removal of plaque from the mouth is the basis of good oral health and ought to be carried out at least twice a day.

“Tooth brushing is the mainstay of mechanical plaque removal and at least two to three minutes should be spent on this exercise in the morning and last thing at night,” he said, although it was noted brushing alone is not enough for getting rid of plaque.

It was noted by Professor Seymour that special brushes or dental floss are indicated for this part of the mouth, while there is also a part to play for an alcohol-free antiseptic mouthwash as an adjunct to mechanical plaque removal.

He also urged individuals to go to their dentist for a check-up every six months, while noting a failure to maintain good oral health is going to compromise the dentition, which may lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

In turn, gum disease has been linked to a number of other health problems and a recent study showed there is a correlation between the condition and psoriasis.

Researchers who conducted the study in Taiwan discovered that in a group of 230,000 people, those who were affected by severe gum disease were 54 per cent more likely to develop psoriasis over a period of five years.

Commenting on the results of the study, Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, called for more research to be carried out into the possible links between gum disease and psoriasis.

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