Due Diligence=Budget Friendly Dental Care
The cash strapped can breath a sigh of relief as the fact is, 98 of all dental disease is preventable as long as the proper oral hygiene steps are implemented. The most common and affordable of the strategies include brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once daily to remove excess dental plaque and lower the odds of a community of oral bacteria causing tooth erosion.
1-800-DENTIST defines dental plaque as that "sticky film" that accumulates on teeth. While it just may look like white goo, the compound is actually a group of oral bacteria that have bonded together in order to breakdown any stray food particles and sugars left behind on teeth after eating or drinking beverages. The bacteria are a necessary part of the human digestion process, however as they feast on their meals, they produce an acidic by-product that if not removed by brushing and flossing, will erode teeth and cause dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
A small budget of around ten dollars will help consumers stock up on the toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste and dental floss, the tools essential to dental due diligence. Committing to the daily oral hygiene behaviors backed by smart moves such as eating nutritious foods, eliminating soda drinking and exercising regularly can boost dental health and provide budget friendly dental care for the whole family.
Splurge for Preventative Dentistry
Estimates suggest that adult preventative dentistry in the form of check-ups, exams and cleanings will cost around $300 to $400 annually. While statistics on how much that investment can generate in return overtime, there is no arguing that that money can potentially result in thousands of dollars of savings as the cost of repairing dental neglect is substantially more. Estimates suggest the average filling costs $75 to $160 per tooth, crowns can range from cost $500-$3,000 a tooth, root canals can range from $350 to over $1,000 for each and some treatments like dental implants and dentures can cost thousands of dollars.
Those who acknowledge the importance of preventative dentistry need to get creative to fit the expenses into their budget. The process can be as simple as kicking the soda habit and banking the spare change generally reserved for the expense. Estimates suggest that the average American drinks about 56 gallons of soda per year. With a cost of approximately $2 per serving for a fountain soda, the potential to save $1,000 annually is real and choosing water as the drink of choice is a smart move economically and for dental health.
If money is still tight, creative minds can still manage to fit dental care into budget courtesy of negotiating a payment plan with directly with a dentist office or by opting into a financing plan offered by companies such as CareCredit. Individuals looking to find a dentist willing to be flexible with their payment terms can call 1-800-DENTIST to get the name of a local dentist happy to assist with the task.