Routine Dental Care for Young Adults
Being a young adult is a very challenging time and with so many other priorities and concerns, such as studies, jobs, and relationships, dental health is often something that falls by the wayside. Nevertheless, it is just as important for you to look after your teeth now as it was when you were growing up.
Dental problems can affect anyone at any age, including during your late teens and twenties, and how you look after your teeth now can affect how well they last you into your future. Tooth loss is extremely common, and around 69% of Americans aged 25-44 years old have lost at least one permanent tooth. This can affect the way that you bite, chew and speak as well as having a detrimental effect on your appearance. Failing to take proper care of your teeth can also lead to other cosmetic problems such as accumulation of tartar along the gum line, and staining.
Some of the biggest challenges that young adults face when it comes to their dental care is:
- Making the time to brush their teeth at least twice a day and to floss daily. Many young adults tend to burn the candle at both ends and this means that by the time they are ready to fall into bed, brushing their teeth seems like a monumental effort. All too often, teeth cleaning gets missed in favor of catching some more zzz’s.
- Eating and drinking right. With busy lives, young adults are more likely to live on convenience foods and sugary drinks to get them through the day, neither of which is good for your dental health. Equally, you might be prone to consuming reasonably high levels of alcohol throughout the week, many of which contain acids and sugars which can stain and damage your teeth.
- Bad habits. Around this age, you might take up smoking, the one habit that is guaranteed to have serious consequences for your teeth. Studies have shown that patients who smoke are much more likely to develop periodontal disease, dental decay, and even oral cancers. Mouth and tongue piercings can also affect your ability to brush your teeth properly, leading to an increased risk of decay.
- Visiting the dentist. Finding the time to visit the dentist is also something that tends to be low on the priority list, not to mention any expenses which may be incurred.
The importance of routine dental care
While visiting your dentist for routine dental care may not be one of your preferred ways to spend your downtime, it is super-important for your long-term dental health. Your dentist has the training and experience to be able to properly assess your teeth for any problems and provide treatment before you start to suffer from painful and debilitating effects and need expensive dental care.
Patients who don’t receive regular dental care are also more likely to develop a condition known as periodontal disease. This inflammatory condition occurs when bacteria found on the teeth penetrate the soft tissue of the gums and causes infection. Left untreated, not only could you lose your tooth, but the infection could also spread to your bloodstream and then around your body. Here is could affect your major organs and cause permanent damage to your health.
Preventative dental care could save you time and money in the long run, so schedule your appointment today and ensure your smile remains healthy and attractive for well into your future. Contact our clinic today to arrange a routine dental check-up.