No dental insurance? Dental bills costing you more than you can afford? Skipping dental appointments is not an option! Missing your cleanings and exams can cost you more in the long run. Here are some tips to help you save on your dental health.
Chew Xylitol Mints
Xylitol Mints come in many different flavors. They taste good and are proven to white teeth and prevent cavities. Wisebread’s article on how to Avoid Big Dental Bills with Safe and Inexpensive Products provides a Dentist’s testimony to the effectiveness of this technique. Xylitol is also available in many gums, like Trident and Orbit.
Whiten Them for Less
Instead of heading straight to the dentist for a professional cleaning, try whitening toothpaste and mouth rinses or over-the-counter treatments first. For more tips on the Best Ways to Whiten Your Teeth on a budget check out Wisebread’s article.
Check out Dental Schools for Free Cleanings and Exams
Most dental schools offer discounted or free cleanings and exams for the community. The appointment may take longer than at a regular dental office but you are guaranteed a deep cleaning at an affordable rate.
Do the Basics
Prevention is always the key. Brush and floss regularly, use an antiseptic mouthwash daily, and use a fluoride mouthwash rinse. If you and your family follow the basics, you will lower your dental bills tremendously.
Change your Diet
Another factor that goes along with doing the basics is eating a healthy diet. Limit sugary foods and drinks and acidic fruits like oranges, tomatoes, and lemons. To learn more about establishing a Diet for Oral Health visit Web MD. If you are like me and cannot resist a soda from time to time then rinse with water after you drink a sugary beverage. DO NOT rinse with mouthwash. It adds to the acidy in your mouth and will increase harmful effects.
Get a Second Opinion
It’s not that your dentist is not an honest dentist, it’s just some dentists will schedule you for fillings or to replace a crown when there is only a potential problem. I had a previous dentist tell me I needed six fillings and when I moved, I switched dentists and did not have a single cavity according to him. Simple prevention techniques can turn around a “grill” headed for silver. See more reasons to Get a Second Opinion with Saving Advice.
Because many families lack dental insurance, many insurance companies and dental chains are offering Dental Coupons and Dental Discount Cards. Check to see if your family qualifies.
If you are looking at a lot of dental work and cannot afford the fees, there is always the option of Mexico or Canada. Even low-income areas of the United States offer free dental care or discounted services. When I was serving on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, the neighboring cities’ clinics had vouchers for free dental exams and cleanings.
More Money Saving Resources for You:
5 Tips on Saving at the Dentistvia Frugal Living
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