The battle between the sexes will live on forever, however when it comes to oral hygiene and getting regularly scheduled dental exams and checkups, women are the clear-cut victors. Research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has shown that men are less likely to visit a dentist than women.
Dental Neglect More Common in Men
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) administered a survey testing the beliefs surrounding men and dental care. Approximately 290 general dentists and consumers answered the questions and the results indicated that when it comes to dental care, men are the weaker of the sexes. Of the respondents, 45 percent erroneously believed that men do not need regular dental check ups. Additional information indicated that 30 percent believed dental anxiety played a role in avoiding periodontal disease. The literature seems to indicate that a heightened innate immune response in men compared to women, as well as potential differences in regulation of amplification and termination of inflammation, provide a sound biologic basis for sex differences in periodontal disease progression," (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101027145353.htm).