Dental work can get expensive, but by taking care of your teeth, you can actually save yourself money.
Good oral hygiene at home can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars at the dentist.
Here are some ways that you can take care of your smile and save money!
Brush and Floss to Maintain Healthy Teeth
While most of us brush our teeth at least twice a day, flossing may be a different story.
However, brushing AND flossing daily can have lasting benefits for your teeth to avoid cavities and other dental work down the road.
If you don’t like flossing with the floss between your fingers, spend the extra money on flossing picks or a water jet; it will be worth it when you don’t have to pay for a filling in a few months.
Plus, flossing regularly can help you avoid gum disease, which can require expensive dental surgeries or procedures.
Get into the habit of brushing and flossing now to save money later.
Choose the Right Oral Hygiene Tools
Not only is it important to brush and floss your teeth, it is also important to select the right tools for the job.
There are a number of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouthwashes to choose from, but going with the cheapest option may not be in your best interest.
Select a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your gum tissue.
Get toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride to help avoid tartar and plaque buildup.
Additionally, ask your dentist if he or she recommends any specialized dental products for you, and get them.
Spending a little extra on these tools can help boost your oral hygiene to avoid costly procedures.
Go to the Dentist for Regular Cleanings
Part of good oral hygiene includes visiting the dentist.
Many people think that they don’t need to visit the dentist regularly.
While these visits do cost money, they will allow your dentist to identify oral health issues that, if left undetected and untreated, can get a lot more severe, requiring more dental work.
By visiting your dentist regularly, however, you will be able to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and avoid extensive dental procedures, saving you money in the long run.
Watch What You Eat
The food you eat directly impacts the health of your smile.
Avoid drinking acidic drinks on a regular basis because heavy consumption of these drinks can break down enamel, leading to more cavities.
Try using a straw if you do drink these acidic drinks to limit the contact between the drink and your teeth.
Additionally, acidic foods can have the same effects.
You don’t have to avoid these foods altogether, but make sure you brush after eating a highly acidic meal or snack. Also, be aware of sugar, which leads to tooth decay.
Sugar can especially damage children’s teeth, so it is important to monitor sugar intake for kids.
Following these tips won’t guarantee that you won’t get a cavity or need a dental procedure; however, these tips can help you maintain good oral hygiene to help you prevent problems in the future.
This article was written by Alyssa Gisseman who is a student at Brigham Young University. Alyssa is studying English language and editing.
She loves researching and sharing what she learns with others, especially when it is a topic as important as this one.
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