GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - According to studies from the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association, men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often neglect their oral health for years.

According to the ADA, the average man is less likely to brush his teeth after every meal (20.5 percent compared with 28.7 percent for women) and the average man is less likely to brush his teeth twice a day (49 percent compared with 56.8 percent for women).

Men are more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease than are women, 30 to 54 years: 34 percent of men compared with 23 percent of women and 55 to 90 years: 56 percent of men compared to 44 percent of women.

Dr. Marko Kamel, a board-certified dentist who specializes in preventive, corrective and cosmetic dentistry, joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to talk more about why men put off their dental health.

Kamel believes the way to control dental disease and cost is through prevention. According to his philosophy, he can find problems early at cleanings and exams if patients come in every 6 months.

For more information, head to Woobury Dental Arts.