Common Dental Problems in Young Adults

You’ve flown the coop – er, nest. You’ve left Mom and Dad’s place and have your own apartment and whether you share it with someone else or not, it’s yours.

No longer do you even have to think about doing as your parents tell you. If you want to leave your bed unmade all day, you can. If you want to drink directly from the milk carton, you can. If you want to eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can.

Yet with all this individual freedom comes individual responsibility, as well. Responsibility to yourself in following good health and dental practices.

So continue to brush twice a day, floss at least once…and go see a dentist twice a year! Older you will thank you because….

…read below for some common dental problems found in young adults. You don’t want your older self to want to return to today to slap you now because you were too busy spreading your wings to take care of your teeth, creating dental problems for older you.

  • You may be in your early 20s, but you can still get cavities. So brush and floss daily. Go to the dentist twice a year. We’re serious.
  • In fact, you’ll still be able to get cavities in your 80s and 90s. But if you don’t take care of your teeth now while young the “good news” is that you may not have very many teeth to worry about getting cavities in when you’re 80. That’s because neglecting your teeth now WILL mean you’ll lose at least one or two – if not several teeth – by the time you’re in your 60s. So don’t fall victim to one of the more common dental hygiene issues in young adults: not taking proper care of your teeth.
  • If they haven’t already, your wisdom teeth undoubtedly will finish emerging by the time you’re about 25. If they are pretty impacted (they haven’t fully emerged) and they’re emerging in a pretty much horizontal manner, talk to you dentist about having them pulled before age 25, when their roots will be pretty much all grown in, making it hard to extract them. You needn’t pull all of your wisdom teeth, just the ones that are highly impacted and horizontal, or not fully emerged.
  • Trench Mouth is becoming more common in young adults ages 18-30. This is an acute and severe gum infection that got its name from World War I due to the fact that soldiers fighting in the trenches of Europe couldn’t brush their teeth regularly and thus came down with bad cases of tooth decay and gum disease. You’re not fighting in the trenches and so we’re sure you have access to a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use them.

Exercise that new job’s dental insurance benefit and make an appointment with Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson. Contact our office by phone. You also may send us an e-mail message at [email protected].

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