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Dental Milestones You Hit Before Age 30

16th January 2019, 9:04am EST

Most of us have become accustomed to visiting the dentist by the time we’re 30 after having reached some very important milestones. The following are some developments that take place in just about everyone’s mouth before that 30th birthday rolls around:

The placement of all of your adult teeth

This one takes place long before we turn 30, but it’s one of the most important milestones in our dental lives.

All of an individual’s permanent or adult teeth are usually in place by the time that he or she is 13 years old. However, an individual usually experiences the eruption of “wisdom” teeth a little later.

Your first filling

Statistics show that the average American between 20 and 39 years of age has had 7.07 cavities. This means that most of us have had at least one filling by the time we reach 30.

Although cavities are normal and hard to avoid, preventive measures should still be taken to minimize their appearance, frequency, and severity.


Getting braces is more than just a dental milestone.. It’s also a kind of a right-of-passage, coming of age experience. That being said, it’s not typically an enjoyable experience, and most 30-year-olds are no doubt glad that they’ve gotten orthodontic treatment out of the way.

The removal of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth removal is a necessary dental procedure for about 85 percent of dental patients, and it’s usually done in a patient’s late teens or 20’s.

The beginning of regular whitening treatments

Nowadays, Americans are spending about $1.4 billion on whitening treatments every year. Typically, adults between the ages of 20 and 30 are the most concerned with their appearance. This means that many Americans have begun whitening treatments to improve their smile by the time they reach 30.

This cosmetic dental procedure is a good way to increase confidence in your smile, but remember that it is in essence a cosmetic procedure. Whitening treatments definitely need to be combined with a good overall oral care regime including brushing and flossing regularly to optimize dental health.

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