A Young Adult Dentist Can Ensure a Long, Healthy Dental Future
Many people in high school or college do not understand the importance of visiting a young adult dentist. This is why, as a parent, it is necessary to convey the importance of getting a regular checkup and making sure that they do. Once young adults have moved out of the home of their parents or guardians, they are often inclined to put visits to the dentist on the back burner. Unfortunately, this tendency leads to the shocking statistic that 27% of adults ages 20-44 have untreated dental cavities. This number increases from the approximately 17% of children and teens ages 5-19 years with untreated dental cavities. The number of adults ages 18-64 who visit the dentist drops nearly 20% from the former 83% who visit regularly between the ages of 2 and 17— most likely from being encouraged by their parents.
Young Adults Are Not Invincible
Since many young adults believe they are at the pinnacle of health during their teens and 20s, they don’t make it a priority to visit a young adult dentist as they should. This failure to prioritize often leads to unwanted cavities, tooth loss, and higher bills. While men’s bones (including teeth) continue to grow and develop until you are in your mid-thirties, a woman’s skeletal bone mass will begin declining in her 20s. This correlates heavily with dental health. Because bone mass will gradually decline, teeth will also become weaker— increasing the need to visit a young adult dentist more often for dental health check-ups and dental cavities treatment.
Preventative Care Will Save You Money
On average, the cost of a general checkup and cleaning from a young adult dentist is around $170 to $300. This cost often also includes an X-ray that can tell the dentist more about your dental health. Crowns, on the other hand, can cost over $500, and fillings typically cost around $140 to $350 per tooth depending on the size of the cavity and materials used. These expenses can often be avoided if you bring them to visit our office for regular checkups. We can keep their teeth clean and free of plaque and tartar build up. If they fail to visit a young adult dentist even after a cavity develops, they could become in need of a root canal procedure to remove a painful infection deep within a tooth— if this occurs, their dental expenses could jump to nearly $1000 or more for the treatment. In addition to these extra financial burdens, they are putting themselves in danger of other health ailments in the future since oral hygiene is directly linked to heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.
To avoid concerning health problems down the road, make an appointment for your child with a young adult dentist today. We specialize in caring for babies to teens and young adults. Our practice is focused on youth and we do a fantastic job of making oral health issues relatable so that they can take control of their health now and in the future.