If you pay attention to your overall oral health, you will manage to maintain those teeth healthy. In turn, besides the preventative or basic dental care you will not have to spend huge amounts of money on dental work.
Make sure that you go for those regular dental checkups, because if the problem is diagnosed early enough, the treatment will cost you much less. It is not the same if you have got to pay for a small dental filling, or for expensive treatment for severe gum disease or a root canal therapy.
Below you will find a few smart tips on how you can save on dental care:
Avoid buying toothpaste that contains too many detergents or chemical foaming agents.
Nowadays the naturist drug stores are filled with toothpastes that contain natural, non-irritant ingredients, such as herbal extracts. Then, make sure to avoid buying mouthwashes that contain alcohol. The alcohol dries the mouth excessively, and then you will suffer of the dry mouth syndrome, because your mouth tissues are not lubricated properly by saliva.
Eat healthy – you need to consume teeth-friendly products.
What you need to cut off almost entirely from your list are the sugary foods, the soft drinks which are acidic and the excessive consumption of citrus frits. The acid in the citrus fruits can easily attack your enamel, and then the dentin can be easily exposed.
Then, you are only one step away from the formation of cavities. Consume a lot of green tea which is rich in antioxidants, and which is known to kill all the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
Stay away from too much stress if possible.
It has been medically proven that conditions such as TMJ disorders, bruxism or the dry mouth syndrome are all results of poor stress management.
Stay Fit – you need to introduce fitness and sports into your everyday diet.
Statistically, the athletes do not struggle as commonly with gum disease complications as the rest of the population. With regular physical exercise you improve your immune function response and also your blood circulation.
Further savings in case expensive dental work cannot be avoided
Tell your dentist to offer you a treatment plan containing more options. A badly damaged tooth might be saved through root canal treatment and restoration, but it can also be saved through extraction + replacement with dental implants.
If you cannot afford to pay for all the work needed, tell your dentist to treat everything in order of priority. Perhaps an extraction cannot wait, but teeth whitening can be done next month as well.
Do not be ashamed to ask your dentist for financing alternatives. If you are willing to pay upfront for the treatments, your dentist might offer you even up to 15% discount.