Young Adults (19 to 30)

young manAs a young adult you are transitioning into being fully responsible for the long-term care of your teeth.  The decisions that you are making today will impact the types of dental problems that you will experience throughout your life.  It is much more than having a bright and confident smile, it is about proactively preventing dental disease such as oral cancer, gum disease, tooth loss. By working with Dr. Bakken today to develop a comprehensive approach to your dental health you will be able to maintain your healthy, confident smile throughout your life.

What Is Happening In Your Mouth

If you and your parents took good care of your teeth as a child, than you should have a healthy confident small.  It maybe that your wisdom teeth have not been removed and could begin to try to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that cannot erupt because they are blocked by your existing molars. This can be a very painful condition and requires oral surgery to have the impacted wisdom teeth removed.

Recommend Professional Dental Care

Continue to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Bakken every six months for professional cleanings and to monitor your dental health.  You may need to schedule more frequent visits if problems such as gum disease or advance decay start to emerge.

At Home Healthy Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Keep travel tooth brushes and sugarless gum with Xylitol in backpacks, briefcases, and purses.  Avoid sugary or starchy foods and avoid the drinking soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and vitamin waters. These drinks are very damaging to your teeth. Do not smoking or use chewing tobacco products. Avoid oral piercings as they create a number of health related problems.

If you play sports, you are at a greater risk for trauma to your mouth and your teeth.  If you play contact sports such as football, soccer, or basketball, it is important that you use a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you ride bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, and skateboards wear a helmet.






Remember – Healthy smiles need regular checkups. Call (541) 289-1020 to schedule your appointment today.