You just turned 18 and you are ecstatic about being a legal adult. No one can tell you what to do, where to go, how late to stay up or tell you to do your chores. What else comes along with Adulthood? Responsibility. You are now responsible for several things in your own life that will affect your future and one of them is your dental health. What do you need to know about keeping your teeth healthy so you can still take a strong bite out of life years down the road?
Scheduling dentist appointments to have your teeth examined is important. When you see a dentist regularly, you are less likely to end up with major oral health issues. Your dentist will monitor your teeth and gums and be able to correct any minor issues that may appear such as cavities, plaque buildup, and broken or cracked enamel. Regular appointments help your teeth stay in great shape.
When you are an adult, it means earning your own money and paying for things like gas, food, accommodation, and healthcare. Dental care is not free thus it becomes an important part of a benefits package that may or may not be offered by a potential employer.
Many employers partake in dental plans that they offer to their employees. Dental plans can help you pay for the cost of regular visits to the dentist, often saving you hundreds of dollars per year. When you are offered that new job, be sure to ask your future employer if they have dental coverage plans to help you keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.
Your parents did the best they could while raising you and your siblings but sometimes it was difficult for them to pay for extras such as braces to straighten out your crooked smile. Now that you are an adult, you have decided a great set of teeth can go a long way as the first impression on your important job interview or meeting “the one”. You need braces. Braces can help correct the misalignment of your teeth and give you the smile you have always wanted. Visit your dentist or orthodontist to get their advice on whether or not traditional braces are the way to go. Perhaps you are a good candidate for Invisalign® braces. Either way, you’ll be on your way to a great aesthetically pleasing smile.
Being an adult means taking care of yourself and something you definitely need to do is take care of your oral health. If you choose to ignore regular dentist visits, it may come back to bite you, with or without your natural teeth!