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ADA: 1/3 of Millennials Hesitate to Smile

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on May 31, 2018 America’s largest living generation is facing widespread oral health problems — problems so severe, they make life “less satisfying” for those affected. According to a recent study from the American Dental Association, one in three millennials (defined as adults between the ages of 18 to 34) is reluctant to smile because of tooth or mouth problems. Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles delves deeper into this distressing study below. What the ADA Found The research arm of the ADA surveyed a group of American adults about their oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization, and were particularly interested in what the millennial generation reported. Here’s what they discovered: • Millennials had the highest rate of untreated tooth decay (30 percent) of any age group surveyed. • Thirty five percent of millennials reported they have trouble biting and chewing. • Thirty three percent of millennials said they were reluctant to smile because of oral health problems. • Thirty eight percent of millennials said they find life “less satisfying” because of oral health problems. • Twenty eight percent of millennials believe the appearance of their teeth compromises their ability to interview for jobs. Why are so many millennials experiencing oral health problems and related complications? The ADA learned that only 30 percent of millennials visit the dentist each year. Without preventative visits and professional cleanings, millennials put themselves at risk of serious problems including tooth decay and periodontal disease. Why Are Millennials Reluctant to Visit the Dentist? One reason why millennials don’t seek out the dental care they need is that they might assume that if they aren’t experiencing any pain, their oral health is not in question. This is misguided, as some dental problems develop and advance without causing any noticeable pain or symptoms. Regular dental exams are the only way to detect these types of problems. Another reason why millennials may not seek out professional care is that they are more likely to Google symptoms or problems and self-diagnose themselves. Self-diagnosis could result in a serious problem worsening without any professional intervention. Finally, millennials may be going without dental insurance coverage — perhaps because it is not offered through their employer or because they cannot afford the premiums. An ADA survey found that many millennials were confused by dental plan brochures and unfamiliar with the dental terms used in the literature. Contact Dr. Wayne Sutton Dr. Wayne Sutton believes that everyone deserves quality dental care and a smile they can be proud of — no matter what their age is. If you feel your smile holds you back in any way, Dr. Sutton invites you to schedule an appointment with him to discuss your concerns. Please call (707) 585-2555 or email Sonoma Smiles today to book your visit.

America’s largest living generation is facing widespread oral health problems — problems so severe, they make life “less satisfying” for those affected. According to a recent study from the American Dental Association, one in three millennials (defined as adults between the ages of 18 to...

What to Do If You’re Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on May 1, 2018 Experiencing tooth sensitivity in Sonoma, CA

If you’ve ever felt a sharp, searing tooth pain when drinking a hot beverage or breathing in cold air, you’re not alone. The Academy of General Dentistry estimates that nearly 40 million Americans experience tooth sensitivity at one point or another. In this post, Dr....

The Area of Your Teeth You’re Probably Forgetting to Brush

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on April 21, 2018 Oral health, brushing your teeth

One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to brush regularly, using the proper technique. Rohnert Park dentist Wayne Sutton would like to offer a recommendation that may help you brush better and prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental...

Understanding Platelet-Rich Fibrin

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on April 5, 2018 Understanding Platelet-Rich Fibrin

Platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, is a byproduct of blood that is chock-full of platelets and growth factors. These elements are extremely valuable to biological functions such as accelerating wound healing, blood clot formation and preventing infection. Rohnert Park dentist Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles...

How Dentists Use Anesthesia or Sedation for More Comfortable Dental Treatment

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on April 4, 2018

It is very common to worry whether you might experience pain during dental treatment. Maybe you have disliked undergoing dental treatment since your childhood, or perhaps you had a bad experience at another dental office. Being fearful or anxious about dental treatment is a completely...

You’ve Chipped a Tooth. Now What?

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on April 3, 2018

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it is not indestructible. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth make up the majority of dental injuries. But with prompt treatment, an experienced dentist can repair a chipped tooth...

Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Dental Exam

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on January 1, 2018

At Sonoma Smiles, Dr. Wayne Sutton and our team understand that life can get busy and schedules can fill up with important obligations. It can be tempting to cancel or put off a scheduled dental exam and cleaning because your list of other responsibilities is...

Am I Too Old for Braces?

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on December 18, 2017

No one is ever too old to attain a beautiful, straight smile! According to Dr. Wayne Sutton, there is no upper age limit for braces. In fact, adults make up a significant portion of his orthodontic patients, and they achieve exceptional results. Nowadays, adults seeking...

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on December 4, 2017

Just like replacing a worn pair of shoes or clothes that have faded, it’s important to replace a toothbrush or electric toothbrush head that is past its prime. Failing to do so could put your oral health at risk. Read on as Dr. Wayne Sutton...

Safe Foods to Eat after Dental Surgery

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on November 20, 2017

Patients of Dr. Wayne Sutton that have wisdom teeth extracted, dental implants placed or undergo another type of dental surgery usually ask at some point, “What can I eat after surgery?” It can be difficult to find foods that are both satiating and easy to...