The differences between men and women are extensive, especially when it comes to taking care of one’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, compared to men, women are better about seeing their physician for routine check-ups and are more likely to schedule a doctor visit when feeling sick or injured. And now, new research published in the Journal of Periodontology reveals another area where women are more proactive than men: in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

What’s interesting is that men tend to have a greater influence over their children in the dental role model universe than mothers do. Women have much strong, better, and healthier health habits than men do across the board, but children tend to model the men in their lives in the oral health department. And while the study also suggested that women have a better understanding of what oral health entails, as well as a more positive attitude towards dental visits, all is not lost for men.

Having a healthy mouth can add tangible years to your life. And correcting poor oral health habits are far easier than mowing the lawn, switching out rotors on your car, or reprogramming a fancy new thermostat. It doesn’t take Alexa to know the basics for men: brush your teeth twice a day. Floss once a day. Visit your dentist twice a year. That’s it! And do these things with your kids. For many men and many mouths, this is all you’ll need to stay in prime dental shape.

So whether it’s cutting the grass, walking the dog, or brushing your teeth, these simple new routines spent with your children will create something for you all to look forward to and a lifetime of memories. They will also serve as teaching moments and great opportunities to reinforce great habit for a lifetime. Happy Father’s Day!

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