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Millenials Face Unexpected Dental Problems

When you think of tooth decay, you probably think of little children chomping on sticky candy and then heading off to the dentist for a filling. But at our Raleigh dental office we often see a spike in decay, as well as other oral health problems, among young adults age 20-34 years.

I suspect that for "Millennials", going to the dentist is not a high priority.  There's a lot going on in life - you're finishing college, starting new jobs, finding apartments - and are not overly worried about scheduling a routine cleaning and exam. Add to that, a gap in insurance coverage due to no longer being under your parents plan or not having a job which provides dental coverage and millennials are even less likely to get dental care. And, let's face it - it helps when Mom or Dad are keeping you on track with routine preventive care by reminding you to call or scheduling the appointment for you.

We understand that a visit to the dentist is not always a priority, but we encourage you not to let this health care issue slide.  Here are a few reasons why this is so important:

False sense of security

People think 'no pain, no problem', or have a false sense of security because cosmetically their teeth look good.  Yet the truth is, dental problems often advance without pain until they're very serious and require more invasive and expensive treatment. Unlike other health concerns,  like a pulled muscle, or a virus - most dental problems, such as decay or periodontal disease, will not get better on their own and will often get worse if left untreated.

Emergencies happen

You may have a beautiful, healthy smile until one day you knock out a tooth during a game of basketball.  Or it's Saturday and you are in excruciating pain from a toothache. Being established with a dentist is very helpful if you need emergency dental care.  Our staff will work you in immediately during regular office hours.  We also provide after hours, weekend and holiday emergency care for patients of record. You can feel confident in the care you are receiving, we have your dental records and x-rays on hand, and we will provide any follow-up care needed.  This is a much better alternative than a visit to the emergency room.

Save time and stress

Don't allow dental problems to progress to the point where you need to visit the dentist multiple times (missing work or school) in order to take care of a problem that was preventable.

Save money

I promise - prevention will save you money in the long run.  What you spend on a crown for a decayed tooth, or treatment for periodontal disease, probably could have paid for several years of preventive care (and avoided the problem).

Oral health and overall health  

Research is clear about the connection between oral health and your overall health. Dental problems can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, dementia, diabetic complications and respiratory problems.  Oral HPV is seen more and more in young adults and is a primary risk factor of cancer. Furthermore, tooth loss before the age of 35 could be an early risk factor for Alzheimer’s.  It just makes sense to maintain your oral health.

At Jeff M. Morrison & Associates, DDS, we want to see you succeed in the world with a brilliant, healthy smile.  We offer flexible - and often same day - scheduling for preventive care and a convenient location.  Do you have insurance?  We are an “in network” provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, CIGNA and Delta Dental Premier and will file with all other insurances for you.  We also participate in Care Credit dental financing, which offers a convenient, low monthly payment plan for dental treatments.  For our uninsured patients, we offer the St. Mary’s Street Dental Savings Plan, an in-office discounted plan to make regular preventive care and treatment more affordable.  Call us today at 919 755 3450 for more information or to schedule.