Everyday cleaning is an important part of keeping your teeth and mouth clean and free of damaging bacteria. Brushing and flossing are the most important weapons against tooth decay, but going the extra mile to give your mouth a full, and thorough cleaning can help get rid of tough plaque or other lingering problems. While regular Boise dental cleanings are recommended, it’s good to give your mouth a thorough cleaning on your own in between those cleanings. Not sure how? Below are some simple tips to help you out:
Upgrade your Toothbrush
If you’re still using a regular toothbrush, think about investing in an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque, stuck food and other debris while boosting your prevention of gingivitis. Some electric toothbrushes may be more expensive than others depending on the addition of timers and sensors but these things aren’t really necessary. For a full mouth clean, make sure to brush for a full two minutes at medium pressure.
To be honest, most people only brush the fronts and backs of their teeth. According to your Boise dentist, you really need to do more than that. Take the time to brush the fronts and backs as well as the tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth. Mouthwash is also helpful at preventing plaque buildup and bad breath. *Be sure to be extra gentle when brushing the roof of your mouth as this area can easily be rubbed raw.
Drink more water! Soda, coffee, tea, and wine can all stain your teeth. Juice is slightly better but the sugar it contains can easily eat away at the enamel if consumed in excess. If you do choose to drink your favored beverage, try drinking a glass of water along with it to help avoid damage to your teeth.
And as always…
Visit your Boise dentist for a thorough examination and Boise teeth cleaning. In addition to using specialized tools to remove any plaque, your Boise dentist can also spot any potential problems or cavities. While daily cleaning are irreplaceable when it comes to your overall Boise dental health, regularly deep cleaning any buildup of bacteria and plaque is also a great way of preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other potential problems. If you have any on-going concerns or questions about your teeth, your Boise dentist at Summit Dental can offer professional advice that’s specific to you.
We know that times are hard and patients can use all the help they can get in affording the good care they need for their teeth. While we’ll spend later posts talking about how to understand insurance and health care laws, this week we are offering tips and tricks to affording everyday dental expenses.
Take Care of your Teeth
The biggest way you can save money on dental costs is by keeping up with daily dental hygiene. If you take good care of your teeth, there will be fewer cavities, whitening treatments, and other dental expenses to pay for.
Annual dental office appointments are equally important as they clean up your teeth and check for problems that could become serious if left alone. If you have dental insurance, check to see if it covers an annual cleaning. Most insurance plans do. While it may hurt to go to the dentist once a year, it can catch dental problems early so they do not become large expenses later.
If you need more motivation, Michelle at betterbudgeting.com
calculates that her family would have saved $8,000 by getting dental insurance and taking better care of their teeth!
Address Problems and Pain Early
If you haven’t been keeping up with yearly or semi-annual dental office appointments, make sure you at least schedule a dentist appointment early on when experiencing discomfort. Waiting too long can turn a simple cavity into a very expensive and painful root canal. Of course, if you brush and floss every day, your chances of needing a cavity filled will significantly decrease anyway.
Create an Emergency Fund
This idea does not strictly apply to dental patients but is instead a theory of being prepared for all sorts of financial emergencies. The idea is to keep money saved but easily accessible for surprise expenses like dental work, car repairs, and other emergencies. Dave Ramsey
recommends starting with $500, and moving towards a goal of $1,000. This way when you need to fill a cavity or undergo a dental procedure, you don’t have to stress about coming up with the money—it’s already there. After the expense you can once again work up to the full amount of $1,000. While this doesn’t save you money on the actual expenses, it can really cut back on the stress these emergencies cause.
By taking the time to keep up on dental hygiene, you can stave off the costly expenses of cavities, teeth whitening, and other dental procedures. Do you have any other tips for saving on everyday dental expenses? We’d love to hear them!