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10 Surprising Dental Facts from the Mouths of Millenials

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Would millennials rather get a tattoo or have their teeth cleaned? Do they lie to the dentist about flossing? And what do they think is more embarrassing: regrettable drunk texting or bad breath?

As part of the recent 2019 State of the American Mouth Report, Dentistry.com delved into how different generations think about dental care, habits, and priorities. And when it came to the opinions and behaviors of GenYers, the answers may surprise you.

For example, millennials were most likely to associate good teeth with good sex. The ability to take care of oneself is a turn on for the generation who popularized the phrase ‘adulting is hard’; with nearly one-half (43%) of those 18-34 agreeing that people with nice teeth are better in bed.

In today’s world fueled by social media and instant impressions, keeping up one’s ‘best self’ is important to many, especially for younger generations. Approximately one-third (30%) of those 18-34 said they digitally whiten their teeth before posting a picture on social media. However, this age group was less likely to have gotten a teeth cleaning over the past six months than older generations.

Read on for more millennial highlights from the survey commissioned by dentistry.com and conducted by The Harris Poll. 

Survey Method: This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Dentistry.com from January 02 - 04, 2019 among 596 U.S. adults ages 18-34. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Erin Fisher, erin@dottedlinecomm.com

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