Women are more likely to see a dentist regularly in order to reduce the risk of needing root canal treatment, a study has suggested.
Findings published in the Journal of Peridontology have revealed that women care more than men about the welfare of their teeth and gums, WorlDental.org reports.
Researchers found that fewer females suffer from symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or dental plaque, as a result of taking more precautions.
The findings also revealed that 75 per cent of women would be embarrassed about the loss of a tooth caused by unhealthy gums.
In order to prevent this, women are also more likely to floss regularly in a bid to strengthen gums and remove bacteria.
Previous studies have discovered a link between poor oral hygiene and wider medical issues, such as strokes, diabetes and heart disease.
New research in the American Journal of Peridontology has revealed that regular consumption of calcium could reduce the risk of developing gum disease.