Naturally, young people compare their appearance with models, actors and celebrities depicted in advertising and the media. Youngsters also have a tendency to ignore other abilities and focus on appearance as evidence of worthiness.
However, there is still much to commend about this generation's attitudes towards fitness and wellbeing as they lay down the foundations for a healthy life.
In general, the younger generation has a healthy disposition and research conducted over the last decade reveals that an increasing proportion of youngsters eat fruit and vegetables, are physically active on a daily basis, rate their health as excellent, practice safe sex, and live free of tobacco and cannabis. There is also a decline in those that drink alcohol weekly and gym use has increased threefold in a generation. The consequences are that young adults are now more inclined to take regular exercise than people did 30 years ago and 48% of 16-24 year olds use a fitness app on a regular basis. Special diets that focus on organic, lactose and dairy-free foods have trebled in popularity over a generation, but conversely, young adults are placing much less emphasis on their oral health.
According to statistics, the number of people that visited an NHS dentist in England has fallen since 2013. Furthermore, the highest prevalence of decay on the crowns of the teeth was found in adults aged 25 to 34. This would indicate that although young adults seem to be better informed and enthusiastic about their general health and fitness some are neglecting to look after their teeth.
The condition of the teeth significantly affects a person's appearance and cracked, missing, stained or unhygienic teeth look unhealthy and unattractive. Along with this, untreated dental problems, a build up of plaque and periodontal disease are common causes of oral malodour, which can lead to a lack of confidence and social withdrawal. As we know, the health of the mouth impacts significantly to the general wellbeing of the body and effective oral hygiene is required to preserve it. When speaking to young patients, dental professionals need to reinforce the message and encourage them to take their oral health just as seriously as every other aspect of their fitness.
Along with effective tooth brushing and interdental cleaning, it is wise to implement a mouth rinse into your daily routine to keep breath smelling fresh. With the hectic lifestyle that many young people lead, CB12 mouthwash can be used as a convenient daily oral deodorant to prevent bad breath. Just one shot begins working instantly and its unique, patented formula adheres to the tissues of the oral cavity to eliminate unpleasant breath for up to 12 hours. As well as the rinse, CB12 boost is a sugar free chewing gum that can be used to freshen and invigorate the breath after meals and throughout the day. CB12 products have been developed by dentists and contain specific ingredients to reduce plaque, strengthen teeth and prevent cavities so you can empower young patients to look after their oral health with confidence.
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