According to results from our surveys on women’s oral health, nearly half of respondents (45%) believe women are more prone to some oral health issues. The majority of survey participants identify sensitive teeth as a condition women are more predisposed to, followed by tooth decay and gum disease. Moreover, 38% of respondents recognize pregnancy as the period with the highest risk to women’s oral health.
In the month of International Women’s Day, let’s take a closer look at the respondent’s perspectives on these key aspects for women’s oral health:
- Gender predisposition to dental problems for women
- Oral health problems women are more prone to
- Highest risk time in life for women’s oral health
Gender predisposition to dental problems for women
45% of respondents believe some oral health problems are more common in women and just 19% hold the opposite opinion. For one-third of the respondents, this subject remains unclear. The view that women might be more predisposed to some dental issues corresponds to the findings of previous research on the topic on gender differences in oral health.
Oral health problems women are more prone to
Sensitive teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are at the top of the issues women are more predisposed to, according to respondents. 75% of survey participants believe women are more at higher risk to suffer from sensitive teeth. This assertion has its grounds in previous studies. However, earlier research also stresses the impact of lifestyle habits. So, they might have a more crucial role than gender predispositions.
A majority of the respondents identify tooth decay (63%) and gum disease (52%) also among the top dental diseases women are more prone to. And, there is prior evidence that periodontal disease and caries might be affecting women more than men.
Highest risk time in life for women’s oral health
38% of respondents believe pregnancy is the most challenging period for women’s oral health. This opinion is well-grounded as gum disease and cavities are issues commonly experienced by pregnant women. In comparison, just 14% of respondents point out that menopause is the time when women’s oral health is most at risk. This is interesting to note since the hormonal changes at that time are often associated with a higher risk for periodontal disease.
The research results are presented in the infographic below. Feel free to re-publish in full or parts of the article, images or infographic with attribution to the source:
Surveys: “Women’s Oral Health” and “Who Needs Better Teeth”