Happy Couple PiggybackThe Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) implemented a poll to general dentists, finding that men are less likely to stick to their regular dental check-up schedule than their female counterparts. The number of men going to the dentist is on the rise, but the motivation behind these dental visits is not overall health. Brighton dentists, Dr. Thomas Villani and Dr. Richard Kondrat explains how many men are on a quest for a whiter, brighter smile through teeth whitening.

Do Men Avoid the Dentist?

Out of a number of dentists polled, 45 percent believed that their male patients did not find it necessary to go to the dentist for a variety of reasons. Some of these include lack of time, lack of motivation for making the effort to find a new dentist, and simple embarrassment. Men tend to have a cultural based bravado in certain places, and the United States is no exception. Many males want to hold on to the idea that they are infallible, and preventive dental care would thus be unnecessary.

Teeth Whitening to Get the Job

AGD spokesperson and renowned dentist, Dr. J.Nick Russo, Sr., sees that trends are changing in his personal practice and the practices of his colleagues. Men are competing for better paying jobs and/or promotions once their career is established. In the past, men stayed with only one or two companies, at the most, throughout their entire career. In more current times, lay-offs and businesses closing mean that “middle-aged men are competing for jobs with younger men, making appearance a heightened factor in their lives,” according to Dr. Russo. Keeping up with the workplace competition motivates men to keep their teeth healthier as well as opting for cosmetic dental procedures. This includes porcelain dental veneers, dental bonding, and teeth whitening to improve their appearance for a more fruitful career.


Located in Brighton, MA,Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.