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The Difference Between Men's and Women's Teeth

Posted on 10/30/2016 by Office Manager
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We like to believe that there is little or no difference between men and women, and in many areas this is true: in many ways one's gender has no bearing whatsoever on one's potential in terms of talent, abilities, intelligence, and other similar traits.

Yet, at the same time, there are some physiological differences between genders: men tend to be taller and heavier than women, for example. So are there any inherent differences between genders in terms of their teeth?

Some experts claim there is a difference. Some studies have indicated that males tend to have a slightly larger set of incisors than females. Although not as marked, there was a difference in canine teeth as well. One study suggested that, given this difference, it would be possible to look at a person's teeth and determine not only their gender but even their propensity towards transsexualism.

Some experts say there is no difference. On the other hand, some experts say that such differences, even if present, are so minor that it is virtually impossible to determine gender only by looking at the teeth. This seems true given the fact that there will always be variations in any physiological characteristic from individual to individual, and the outliers from each group will overlap each other.

What is the difference? Many experts point to a study conducted in Berlin in which dental experts were shown images of the anterior oral area of 50 different people. The experts were asked to identify the gender of the person whose image they were viewing, and they stated the correct answer only 50% of the time-in other words, the same percentage as if they were guessing randomly.

It seems that, if there is indeed any difference, it is so slight as to be negligible. The important part, whether you are male or female, is to ensure that your smile looks as good as possible by engaging in good dental hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health.
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