Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

Anyone born in 1982 or after is considered a “millennial”. There are 76 million in that age group in the United States. They are influential leaders in business, government and the non-profit arena. They also control billions of dollars and are the target for many advertising campaigns.

Millennials are data driven so we are going to share some facts.

A recent American Dental Association  study found that millennials have the following dental issues:

  • 30%-plus have untreated tooth decay
  • 30% visit the dentist each year due to lack of finances
  • 35% have trouble biting and chewing
  • 38% are not satisfied with their lives due to teeth and mouth issues
  • most have constant tooth pain

There are many reasons for these trends which we will explore in future blogs. However, the issue of poor hygiene for millennials is of importance. Poor dental health can lead to illness, infection, job loss, unhealthy appearance and in some cases self-confidence issues.

Here are Five Reasons Dental Hygiene is Important for Millennials:  

  1. Eliminates time waste and excessive stress: Bad dental hygiene gets in the way of the heavily-scheduled lives of millennials. You miss work days and college classes. It only doubles down on your stress and time lost. So, get the work done and get back on track. It doesn’t matter whether it’s veneers, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, teeth cleanings or dental implants. Getting the work done now, eliminates the issue and may also stop it from resurfacing later when you are older. There is nothing wrong with getting a smile makeover.
  2. Respond quickly to emergencies: Your tooth falls out while playing flag football or a sharp pain in your molars strikes while sitting in class. You cannot wait until your next dental cleaning in six months. Contact your dentist right away. The cause of the pain will not go away and you can’t replace the tooth on your own.
  3. Catch dental hygiene issues early: When you see your dentist regularly, they can find infections, cavities, decay and other issues early so they can be treated. When you delay getting dental treatment, these issues will cause greater discomfort and affect your education, career and family.
  4. Practice daily dental hygiene: Yes, your schedule is packed with many commitments. Your time is severely limited. However, that should never impede you from proper daily dental care. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride containing toothpaste (keep a toothbrush and toothpaste at work). Clean your teeth daily with dental floss. Eat nutritious meals and healthy snacks. Drink fluoridated water. And, of course, visit your dentist twice a year for teeth cleanings.
  5. Improved appearance and self-esteem: No one wants to look unhealthy including millennials. Proper dental hygiene improves your appearance which means

more career opportunities, better overall health and stronger personal relationships. That is all good. Yes, dental health reflects on everything.

So, what is the bottom line for millennials? Don’t neglect your dental health. It is too important and will, in the long run, affect every important area of your life. Take care of your teeth and be proactive about your oral health since it impacts your well-being throughout your life.

Dr. Cooper and Associates have a great deal of experience improving and maintaining the dental health of millennials. We have the dental services they need. Call us at (202) 463-2090 or email at to set up an appointment or consultation.