During a recession, tax time, holiday spending, college costs, home repairs or whatever it might be that has you on a tight budget…..a cost-saving measure is to take care of your teeth. The more you do with at-home care, the more likely you will be able to avoid problems and costly dental care. Now is the time to take care of your teeth which can save you money now and into the future. There is no substitute for seeing your dentist but good oral hygiene is one area in which you can participate and make a difference.
What are we trying to prevent? Dental caries (cavities), or as we refer to for the little ones in our practice, tooth bugs. Secondly, gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis.
You may have dental caries and not be aware of it. If cavities are between teeth or starting in deep grooves of the back teeth or in the tooth dentin, you may not see these. This is the reason the American Dental Association and your dentist will recommend routine x-rays.
Remember to visit your dentist on a regular schedule and please do your part with good oral hygiene at home: brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Take care of your teeth and they will take care of you.