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Is it normal that i've never had to go to the dentist and I am 18 years old?

27 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
9 doctors agree

In brief: U should go

while not seeing one is not necessarily "abnormal" , just like you should have a check-up every year, it is also good to have your teeth checked and cleaned at least annually.

In brief: U should go

while not seeing one is not necessarily "abnormal" , just like you should have a check-up every year, it is also good to have your teeth checked and cleaned at least annually.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
9 doctors agree

In brief: You need a checkup

What you're telling us is you haven't had pain or other obvious symptoms that made your parents schedule a dental visit.
You should see a dentist and have an examination with X-rays to see if there is any problem you can't see or feel. Also, you will now have a dentist to call in emergency - say, if you fall and crack a front tooth. Let us know how it goes.

In brief: You need a checkup

What you're telling us is you haven't had pain or other obvious symptoms that made your parents schedule a dental visit.
You should see a dentist and have an examination with X-rays to see if there is any problem you can't see or feel. Also, you will now have a dentist to call in emergency - say, if you fall and crack a front tooth. Let us know how it goes.
Dr. Robert Douglas
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not so much

Not so much anymore as the fluoride in the water and toothpaste helps prevent decay.
HOWEVER -- you may have underlying problems which have yet to get your attention, especially wisdom teeth concerns and gum tissue problems. Schedule an appointment with a Dentist for initial exam and panoramic image and at least bitewing imaging (x-rays).Then you will be scheduled for a cleaning and anything else.

In brief: Not so much

Not so much anymore as the fluoride in the water and toothpaste helps prevent decay.
HOWEVER -- you may have underlying problems which have yet to get your attention, especially wisdom teeth concerns and gum tissue problems. Schedule an appointment with a Dentist for initial exam and panoramic image and at least bitewing imaging (x-rays).Then you will be scheduled for a cleaning and anything else.
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Shawn Murray
It's not necessarily a bad thing but you can develop cavities at any time in your life and not just when you're young. The bigger concern is the fact that if you don't get your teeth cleaned regularly then you can develop periodontal disease which sometimes can lead to the loss of teeth and too often this happens and people didn't even know they had a problem. It's best to get regular exams.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Just because you did not have to go to a dentist, doesn't mean you should not have gone.
Doctors and dentists are teachers who can explain what to expect as your teeth form and take shape and the best way to care for them and your allover oral health.

In brief: No

Just because you did not have to go to a dentist, doesn't mean you should not have gone.
Doctors and dentists are teachers who can explain what to expect as your teeth form and take shape and the best way to care for them and your allover oral health.
Dr. Jennifer Goldman
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

There are many patients of all ages that do not have dental cavities or gum disease.
.. That is perfectly normal. But they are told that they don't have any problems by a dentist who examines them and is trained to make that determination. Just because you don't have any pain does not mean you don't have cavities. High blood pressure may not hurt but it can kill you.

In brief: Possibly

There are many patients of all ages that do not have dental cavities or gum disease.
.. That is perfectly normal. But they are told that they don't have any problems by a dentist who examines them and is trained to make that determination. Just because you don't have any pain does not mean you don't have cavities. High blood pressure may not hurt but it can kill you.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dentistry

In brief: Screenings

Dr. Davantzis is right, and you may not have the bacteria in your mouth that contributes to cavities or gum disease, but that does not mean that your teeth don't need proper cleaning and screening for potential problems.
Don't wait until you have pain or a problem. That becomes costly. As you age that will change as well. Also, someone you meet may transfer that bacteria to you.

In brief: Screenings

Dr. Davantzis is right, and you may not have the bacteria in your mouth that contributes to cavities or gum disease, but that does not mean that your teeth don't need proper cleaning and screening for potential problems.
Don't wait until you have pain or a problem. That becomes costly. As you age that will change as well. Also, someone you meet may transfer that bacteria to you.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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