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How To Save Money At The Dentist

08 Nov 2021, 23:33 GMT+10

The dentist can be incredibly expensive, however, with some forethought and preparation you can save considerable amounts of money at the dental clinic. The most costly procedures tend to be either implants, veneers, or other major modifications. With the right dental care routine you can save potentially thousands of dollars.

Clean Your Teeth Properly Daily

Everyone regardless of age should take extra special care of their teeth. This only requires 2 or 3 sessions a day, for about 5 minutes each at most. Here's a great schedule you can use every day to keep those pearly whites white.

  • Brush your teeth - Thoroughly brush your teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride. Make sure you apply moderate amounts of pressure, and go over each individual tooth. Brush your teeth for a total of about 1-2 minutes.
  • Floss your teeth - People tend to dislike flossing, in general, it's seen as a bit extra. This couldn't be further from the truth (or tooth if we're feeling punny). Brushing does a lot of good, but it most likely won't get those stringy pieces of chicken breast out of your teeth. Find a flossing tool that works for you, don't like pure dental floss? Use a floss pick! There are lots of options. Floss your teeth for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Mouthwash - Mouthwash is quite possibly one of the most overlooked tools in your arsenal.However, similar to flossing, mouthwash can get into where a toothbrush cannot. Make sure to swish the mouthwash around your mouth for about 30 seconds.
  • Tips: be aware of any allergies or sensitivities you may have. Also read the ingredients & instructions carefully on each product you use. For example, mouthwash can contain alcohol, but you'll want to keep it out of the reach of children.

    Have A Healthy Diet

    Sugary foods promote tooth decay, the naturally occuring bacteria in your mouth will eat the carbohydrates and produce acid which will cause your teeth to decay. If you don't clean your teeth well, the leftover food particles can turn into a colorless film, called plaque. If left untreated, the plaque can turn into tartar which is a hardened form of plaque and can only be removed by a dentist. This is called teeth scaling and root planing which will end up costing you extra money.

    Regular checkups

    Your dentist can help prevent emergencies by spotting early indicators. If you don't go to the dentist at least twice a year you may have issues that will eventually turn into emergencies. These emergencies will eventually require you to get an emergency dentist appointment.These will probably be unplanned so if you are saving money, or are living paycheck to paycheck like a significant percent of the population the emergencies may take a bite out of your savings.


    Most dental issues can be prevented with a daily routine, however, some problems are unavoidable, or you may have genetics which will make your teeth more vulnerable to decay. With dental issues, the best defence is the greatest offence. Don't give your mouth a chance to become unhealthy and you will have a much better chance of having great oral health!

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