With the price of goods and services rising faster than before, you might be looking for advice on how to save money. When it comes to your oral health, we’d advise you not to cut corners, as keeping your teeth, gums and mouth in great shape is important to your overall health. It can also save you from unnecessary dental bills in the future. That said, there are things that you can do at home to reduce expenditure on your oral health care and minimise the cost of future dental treatment. Here are some money saving oral health tips to get you started.
Prevention is better than cure
Never has the old adage been more applicable than when trying to cut the costs of your dental healthcare. By brushing twice a day with a suitable toothbrush and toothpaste, flossing or using interdental brushes as directed by your dentist or hygienist and minimising sugary drinks and snacks, you can help to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy. In doing so, you can help to prevent issues such as gum disease, dental cavities and tooth loss, all of which could result in costly dental procedures in the future.
Buy own brand dental products
If you can no longer justify the expense of the big dental brands, try shopping around. Most supermarkets offer their own brand dental products such as toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, all of which can be just as effective as the more popular household names. Just make sure to choose a toothpaste with an appropriate amount of fluoride for the people in your household. In general, a minimum of around 1350-1500 ppm is suitable for anyone over the age of 3.
Ask your dentist
We aren’t just here for check ups and treatments, but also to help you source the ideal oral health care products to look after your teeth and gums. Often we can get the specialist products you need at a cheaper price than you can buy them elsewhere, meaning that you can get a better deal on the items you need. We also know precisely what dental health products you need to suit your mouth, so don’t be afraid to ask for interdental brushes that will fit between your teeth, or sensitive toothpaste that will help reduce discomfort in your mouth. That way, you won't waste money buying products that aren’t suitable and can stock up on what you need at your next appointment.
Look out for special offers on oral healthcare products
During a cost of living crisis, everyone becomes a bargain hunter and retailers know that special offers and bulk buy deals will bring people to their stores. This is a good time to keep a look out for those special offers on oral healthcare products such as electric toothbrush heads, toothpaste and interdental brushes. Even if you have to pay more in one go to take advantage of the deal, you’ll save money in the long run when you don’t have to purchase any dental products for a few months.
And finally, we couldn’t write a blog on money saving oral health tips, without mentioning that our advice comes for free! If you’re looking for tips on cutting down on your sugar intake, brushing your teeth more effectively, or taking better care of your toothbrush, our team is happy to provide all the guidance you need. Simply ask at your next appointment.
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