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School of Dentistry news

Young adults benefit from consistent dental care

If young adults (ages 15 to mid-20s), visit the dentist consistently�twice a year for cleanings and every year for dental checkups and care, it will mean the difference between keeping some teeth for life, or losing them.
If young adults (ages 15 to mid-20s), visit the dentist consistently—twice a year for cleanings and every year for dental checkups and care, it will mean the difference between keeping some teeth for life, or losing them.
How often do you visit the dentist? (Emergency visits do not count.) This question, posed recently on <surveycentral.org>, garnered the following responses:

“I haven’t gone in a long long time. Now that I have dental insurance, I should probably go.”

“My teeth don’t hurt.”

“I haven’t been to the dentist in years. I don’t recall how long. I used to go for regular checkups, and I even have dental insurance through work, but don’t use it.”

“[I] haven’t been to the dentist since the winter of my freshman year of college.”

According to Steven Morrow, DDS, MS, professor and directer, patient care services and quality assurance, School of Dentistry, many parents are conscientious about making sure their kids have regular checkups with their pediatric dentist.

However, after their final appointment with their pediatric dentist, young adults may not visit the dentist unless they have a toothache.

“Many of the patients who visit our main clinic in the School of Dentistry,” observes Dr. Morrow, “are senior citizens. We provide excellent care, and because this is a teaching facility, the patient benefits from easy access to many dental specialists, including endodontics, periodontists, and others.”

However, it is the young adult population Dr. Morrow wishes would access dental care. “When people are ages 15 to mid-20s,” he reveals, “changes in their mouths are happening very quickly. If a young person visits the dentist consistently—twice a year for cleanings and every year for dental checkups and care, it will mean the difference between keeping some teeth for life, or losing them.”

And it can make a person feel great, too. Consider this entry at <surveycentral.com>. When answering the question, “How often do you visit the dentist,” a person with the screen name “Bill” answered, “I go twice a year, I brush twice a day, and floss too. When I go, the dental hygienist usually tells me what great shape my teeth and gums are in, and it makes me feel good. I’m really happy to be in this state of healthy teeth; it motivates me to stay there.”

To make it easier for working parents to bring their kids for a dental visit, the School of Dentistry offers special evening appointments on Mondays. And there are even more benefits for children of LLUAHSC employees.

For more information, call (909) 558-4675.

By Nancy Yuen

TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006