If you look at the news about Millennials’ oral health, it really does look bad. We’ve talked before about the Millennials facing serious challenges when it comes to oral health. Now new research is suggesting that they’re not doing enough to help take care of their teeth, with nearly a third only brushing their teeth once a day.
But the truth is that this isn’t a story with a sad ending. It’s a story that’s just beginning. And Millennials have the opportunity to ensure their oral health and overall health in the future.
Get to the Dentist
Along with skipping toothbrushing, Millennials have not been seeing their dentist regularly. The main reason why? Dental anxiety.
In the poll, 62% of Millennials said they were too afraid to visit the dentist, higher than any other age group. They also said they would rather be forced to do public speaking than visit the dentist. Getting regular dental checkups is good for your teeth and your health. The good news is that there are solutions for dental anxiety, including sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry can help you overcome not just anxiety, too. It can help with a strong gag reflex, difficulty getting numb, and soreness or stiffness related to sitting in the dental chair.
Dr. James Polley and his staff is well-trained and experienced at offering sedation dentistry, including IV sedation, which allows for the deepest sedation to control anxiety or discomfort associated with major procedures, such as wisdom tooth extractions.
Establish New Habits
Going to the dentist is a great start, but it’s not the only step you should take to protect your oral health. It’s important to change your habits at home to make sure you’re doing all you can for your teeth.
First, it’s important to brush twice a day. The more oral bacteria you can remove from your teeth, the lower your risk of cavities. This is something that just takes time to develop. Start implementing the habit and go with it.
And we can help make your home hygiene routine more effective. Instead of brushing with the same old toothpaste, we offer scientifically designed CariFree products, which take a more active approach to preventing cavities. They’re just as easy to use as regular hygiene products like toothpaste and mouthwash, and they even include gums and candies that can help protect your teeth, not damage them.
Beautify Your Smile
Other studies have shown that more than a quarter of Millennials are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. This is more than just a cosmetic issue–it impacts the ability to interview for jobs and build good relationships.
So if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, it’s time to do something about it. If your smile is more attractive, you’ll take more pride in it and take better care of your teeth. We can help with many common cosmetic complaints like discolored teeth, chipped teeth, or smile gaps.
A Future of Happy, Healthy Smiles
For Millennials, there is still time to turn things around and become a saved generation, not a lost generation. All it takes is a few simple changes.