Millennials, How Well Are They Looking After Their Teeth?
Reports suggest that this generation is failing to brush their teeth as well as they should.
‘Millennials’ is a word that seems to be bandied around quite a lot these days. For those who don’t know, it means those born from 1981 to 1996 (or who are now 22-37 years old). Life, it is claimed, is going to be harder for this generation, whilst others ‘mock’ them for expecting things to simply fall into place.
We are not going to look at those aspects of a millenial’s life however, but address another concern that has been raised following research carried out in Germany. It should be said, of course, that the same results may not be found in the UK, but working on the assumption that similar results might be expected, here is what it had to say. Of course, this won’t apply to everyone one, but on average, the research does suggest that the millenial generation hasn’t quite got it right when it comes to personal oral care.
A random sample of around 100 people of this generation were asked to perform their daily oral health cleaning in front of a camera so that they could be recorded. The results were then studied to see how well they actually cleaned their teeth on a daily basis. Although this group seems to have taken on board the 2 minute rule and brushed their teeth for longer than a previous study of a similar age group in 1992, both groups tended to ‘scrub’ their teeth rather than use the gentle circular action which is now widely recommended. It was also noted that both groups tended to brush the front surfaces of their teeth, neglecting, or only giving a cursory brushing, to the rear of their teeth.
What can millennials expect?
Whether front, back or side, the enamel surface of our teeth is always vulnerable to attack from acids and plaque that builds up on the surface. Wherever it is, if not cleaned properly, it is more than likely that tooth decay will soon set in. It would seem that this age group are storing up problems by not cleaning their teeth correctly.
This is also a generation that possibly consumes more convenience food, drinks more and also possibly smokes more too. Combined, the prospect for their oral health does not look too good.
Investing in the future
Hopefully, some of the millenial generation are regular readers of The Dental Centre Bedford’s blog and after seeing this review, will take action. The truth is that it is never too late to change your daily teeth cleaning habits. By doing so, you should hopefully be able to return your mouth to good health.
Your new regime should start with an examination at our Bedford Dental Clinic. The dentist will give your mouth a thorough examination and recommend any restorative treatment, such as a filling, that needs to take place. Remember, if you choose not to accept this, any problems will only become worse, and eventually, most likely require more extensive treatment. Having restored any teeth that need it, it is time to work on improving how you care for your teeth on a regular basis from that point on.
See the hygienist
The best way to get a ‘clean start’ in the way that you look after your teeth is to see our dental hygienist. They will perform a scale and polish that will remove any tartar (the hardened form of plaque) which is attached to your teeth and gum line. Even the best home brushing in the world will not be able to remove this. We recommend for your first visit, that you book a longer appointment so that you can also have a friendly chat with them about the best way to look after your teeth and gums.
They will be able to advise you as to the best way to brush your teeth correctly and how and why to use dental floss (they will demonstrate this if you ask them, as some find it tricky until they become used to it). They will also offer advice on things like how your diet affects your teeth and overall general advice specific to your situation. With thoroughly cleaned teeth, you can now start to take more responsibility for this yourself.
Cleaning at home
The first thing to do is to make sure that your new habits do not slip. Whilst it is good news that this generation are brushing their teeth for the required time, you should make sure that a reasonable amount of this is spent on the harder to reach areas of your teeth. The use of dental floss will help you to achieve this, as well as removing bacteria from the gum line.
Even with your new improved regimen though, you should still maintain regular six monthly appointments to see the dentist and hygienist at our Bedford practice. Even the busiest people should find the time to do this and it will make a big difference to the health of your teeth and gums for years to come.
Many older people regret not looking after their teeth better when they were younger, so please don’t end up being one of them. Please make an appointment now to see the dentist at The Dental Centre Bedford and make a contribution to an improvement in your own oral health and the oral health of your generation.
Appointments can be made by calling us on 01234 819868 and we look forward to meeting you.