It’s always stated the the future lies within the youth, however it appears as if many of them seem to be making decisions that aren’t in the best interest of their health (dental health in particular).
“A study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that only 50 percent of 20-34 year olds have been to the dentist within the past year. This is compared to more than 62 percent of adults aged 35 to 64.That’s not all. According to the survey, of adults between the ages of 20 and 64, it’s Millennials who have the highest percentage of untreated tooth decay in permanent teeth. Millennials are also more likely to believe that, because there is no pain there is no problem with their teeth. But, bacterial problems can hide for many years before becoming readily apparent By then, it’s too late. More expensive surgery or treatments may be required.”
Some of the reasons why a lot of Millennials may not seek dental care on a regular basis include:
- Larger consumption of sugary foods/beverages
- Lack dental insurance
- Using the internet to ‘self diagnose’ issues without getting a professional opinion
Regardless of your age, properly maintaining your dental health is very important and it starts at home. Ensure you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months and brush at least once daily (twice would be ideal), floss, rinse and clean your tongue. Visiting your Aylmer dentist is the next important piece of the puzzle. They will be able to help you maintain your cleaning habits and closely inspect your teeth to ensure you are doing things the right way.