Women Win Battle of the Sexes in Terms of Oral Health Maintenance

WILLIAMSPORT, COLLEGEVILLE AND PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Results of a recent study on women and oral health mirror what Philadelphia periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo sees all the time in his practice.

Our female patients tend to be more proactive in maintaining their oral health, says Dr. DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia dental implants expert.

Research published in the April issue of the Journal of Periodontology found that women are almost twice as likely to have undergone a routine dental checkup within the past year.

The study, which was conducted by the Okayama University School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences also found that women were more likely to make a follow-up appointment for necessary treatment recommended during their dental checkup.

The more than 800 women- ages 18 and 19- in the study also had better indicators of periodontal health, such as fewer cases of dental plaque, calculus and bleeding on probing. These are indicators of periodontal disease.

Other findings from the study as outlined on included:

  • Women are 26 percent more likely than men to floss every day.
  • 44 percent of women understand that periodontists can help contribute to overall good health, compared with 33 percent of men.

“Women are more diligent with their health and seem to compromise 80 percent of the dental procedures we provide to obtain a higher level of health and wellness,” Dr. DiGiallorenzo says.

© 2011 Sinai Marketing and Dr. David Digiallorenzo.

Meet Dr. D

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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