Superman Syndrome

 You may have heard of “Superman Syndrome” which is a tendency amongst some men to think that they are invincible.

This state of denial is common and can often mean that men are less concerned about their overall health. Rather than face up to any problems “supermen” ignore early warning signs in the hope they will just go away themselves.

It may therefore be no surprise to know that men are lagging behind women when it comes to practicing good dental hygiene and ensuring good oral health. A recent nationwide survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation found that more than three in five (62%) men regret not taking better care of their oral health earlier in life.

Another survey of both men and women by GSK revealed a real indifference towards bleeding gums – an early sign of gum disease. Only one in ten surveyed who noticed blood in their spit when brushing said they would visit the dentist about it.

If you suffer from superman syndrome (or know someone who does) you can make some easy improvements. Whilst it can be difficult for a lot of man to speak openly about any concerns and worries go and speak to your dentist who can offer plenty of confidential support and advice. Think about cutting down on alcohol – many alcoholic drinks and mixers contain high levels of sugar and/or acid that can increase the risk of dental erosion. Don’t use your teeth as a tool as men are prone to do and often leads to chipped teeth or enamel damage. Make a habit of chewing sugar free gum, this produces saliva that can help rinse off and neutralize the acids released by the bacteria in plaque, which are harmful to tooth enamel.

Visit your dentist for regular check-ups that will help us catch any problems early and before they become more serious - we can also offer advice on improving your oral health to avoid them developing in the first place. To find out more or to make an appointment call us on 01505 704969 or visit our website at