Millennial’s Poor Oral Health Impacts Job Prospects

Are you a millennial looking for a job? Forbes says you may want to visit your dentist first… https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianahembree/2017/03/28/why-some-millennials-arent-smiling-bad-teeth-hinder-28-in-job-search/#c8642d359c6a
Here’s Dr. Sam Rawdin’s proven oral health tips for millennials.

This week, Forbes reported on an American Dental Association (ADA) study that showed 28% of millennials feel the state of their teeth and smile has a direct impact on their ability to interview for jobs. The ADA also showed that one third of millennials are reluctant to smile—that’s higher than any other age group! And, even though 80% plan to visit the dentist in the coming year, only 30% actually made the trip to the dentist over the last 12 months.

 

Why are millennials falling behind on their oral health care? It seems like a dental visit is analogous to… well… pulling teeth. What do we know about millennials? Falling within this age group myself, I can attest to the fact that convenience is key. We want necessary tasks done instantaneously in a way that’s super easy to access, preferably without the inclusion of human interaction. The thought of picking up the phone to make an appointment ensues the highest level of procrastination. And face-to-face interaction with strangers is basically out of the question…

 

Unfortunately, going to the dentist checks all of these boxes. You need to (most of the time) call to make an appointment, take time out of your busy schedule to actually get yourself to the office and then have to explain why your gums are bleeding during your cleaning to the hygienist (who, I promise, is NOT judging you!). I get it, it’s not the most glamorous situation and it’s easy to see why most avoid it. BUT, as I’m sure your dentist has told you in the past, biannual visits is still the best way to keep your teeth in a condition where you’ll be proud to flash your pearly whites.

 

We can’t cover the topic of convenient dental care without addressing the elephant in the room: money. Bottom line is that dentistry is expensive. Unfortunately, many millennials are earning entry-level salaries, paying off student loans and trying to hang onto a few dollars to go to that new restaurant so they can send a Snap Chat to their friends. C’mon, you know you’re guilty of that too… So, paying for dental care isn’t always at the top of the list.

 

Dental insurance can help, but there are a few inherent issues here. First, according to the ADA, millennials are less likely than any other age group to have dental insurance. Plus, yearly maximums for dental insurance are typically around $1,500 depending on the provider. These maximums have not really changed since the concept of dental insurance was made around 40 years ago. You know what has changed? Inflation. What this means is that if you’re coming in twice a year for regular cleanings, exams, and x-rays, you’re probably covered. However, if you need any other sort of extensive work done, you may need to pay out of pocket.

 

So what’s a millennial to do?

 

  1. Make an appointment to see your dentist. Many offices (like ours!) offer a form on the website that you can fill out to then be contacted via e-mail to get you scheduled. No phone call needed.

 

  1. Plan ahead based on your personal situation. If you have dental insurance, check to see if your provider is in- or out-of-network, if you’ll be responsible for a co-pay at the time of your appointment and what percentage of the cost of the procedures the insurance provider will cover.

 

  1. Ask the front desk if there’s an option for a payment plan or if they accept payment through companies such as CareCredit who allow you to pay over time. Most of the time, if you need to foot a big bill, the office will work with you.

 

  1. Don’t wait to go to the dentist, especially if you’re in pain. Chances are, the earlier a cavity or other issue is seen, the easier (and less expensive!) it is to fix.

 

If you’re not sure about any of these, overcome your aversion to human interaction and call us. We’re here to help! And, once you make your appointment, we may even agree to take a selfie with you when you’re ready to show off those pearly whites on all of your social media platforms.

Show Your 💖 Some Love Today

Kiss your Valentine with confidence this holiday, and everyday, by brushing and flossing regularly, while also maintaining your oral and overall health. Your good health is the greatest gift you can share with the people you love! 

February is not only has Valentines Day but also is American Heart Month.  Its the perfect opportunity to make a commitment to preventing heart disease while maintaining oral health. Heart disease leads to one in four deaths annually. Going to the dentist is one of the ways to protect your oral and heart health.

Research has shown the link between heart disease and gum disease. Studies have found similar bacteria in the mouths of patients with gum disease as in people with hardening arteries.While researchers are not completely sure how to account for this link, the working theory is that the body reacts to inflammation by elevating certain chemicals in the blood.  In the short run, these chemicals fight inflammation but in the long run can damage vessels in the heart and other organs. The chronic inflammation of gum disease may contribute to these inflammatory factors being constantly elevated.

Some of the signs of gum disease include bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, chronic bad breathe and loose teeth or gums that pull away from your teeth. 

What are the best tools for maintaining oral health? Visit your dentist regularly for an exam and dental cleaning and floss and brush your teeth twice a day. This will help keep your smile young and beautiful for years to come. Happy Valentines Day!

 

Start Kids Early With Good Dental Care

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Dr. Jed Best, everyone’s favorite pediatric dentist, is our guest blogger in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. He answers questions about how to start kids early with good dental care, helping protect their teeth for years to come.

When should a child’s first visit take place?
Either 6 months after the first tooth erupts or at one year of age.

Why go to the dentist at that age?
To help prevent any dental problems. Many issues are totally preventable.

Are baby teeth important?
Yes they are. They help children speak and chew naturally. In addition, they are very important in helping the permanent teeth erupt properly.

Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful?
Only if they persist for a long period of time. Often these habits stop on their own.

How often should a child see a pediatric dentist?
A check up is recommended every six months. However, this may vary depending on the child’s personal oral health.

When should we begin using toothpaste?
As soon as possible is best. Under three years of age, only a smear of toothpaste should be used. From ages 3-6, the size of a pea is the recommended amount. Also, it should be emphasized that an adult should assist in brushing, because children often do not have the manual dexterity to properly brush.