It’s not cheap to visit the dentist. If you only get your teeth cleaned and a general checkup, you’re still looking at bill that’s often over $100. Yet postponing necessary work isn’t the solution either, as then it will cost you even more later on. If you want to reduce your dental costs, the best thing you can do is to follow some simple but effective everyday practices. These procedures are simple, fast and cheap to implement. In this article we’ll be covering some of the most effective self care procedures for your teeth. The key is to do them consistently.
Keep away from foods that can stain your teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth is a good practice. Fluoride is added to the drinking water of many states in the United States, but not all states follow that practice. However, in the states that do add fluoride to the water, the concentration isn’t high enough to take the place of a good fluoride toothpaste. Germs and bacteria will have a more difficult time taking hold of your teeth and causing problems since fluoride will coat the enamel of your tooth and bond to it. The teeth won’t have as much protection if you use a non fluoride toothpaste. With that stuff, all you’re doing is moving the germs around, not getting rid of them
Flossing your teeth should be done at least once a day, preferably at night. Not very many people like to floss. It can be hard to do because it feels so awkward and if not done often enough can also be painful. Honestly though, floss is able to get into those places that the toothbrush just can’t reach. The gums between your teeth can accumulate debris so flossing is the best way to clean between those teeth. If left unattended, this debris can harden into plaque which can then cause any number of problems. Thank goodness flossing these days can be easier than it used to be. There are pre-threaded floss “sticks” that you can buy very cheaply that makes the process a lot easier to take care of.
There was a time when dentists thought that there wasn’t anything that could be done that would help replace enamel on your teeth once it was worn away. Now, however, there are toothpastes you can use that help build up the enamel on your teeth so that you can replace what you’ve lost and make your teeth stronger than ever. It would be good practice to use these pastes once in a while so you can give your mouth the boost it needs. Using these pastes every day is something you might want to try if your teeth are particularly susceptible to decay, and if recommended by your dentist, perhaps even twice a day. Isn’t it amazing how just simple common sense can make a difference in good oral hygiene. Good teeth care doesn’t have to involve lots of expensive dental treatments or cosmetic enhancements. For the most part all that is required is to live a healthy life and keep your mouth clean and fresh. All you will likely need is basic brushing, flossing and maintaining a healthy diet. Little tips like these can help you to remember how easy it is and to help you gain even more protection.