How To Save on Dental Bills|
|1. Good dental habits.
||Everyone should brush at least twice per
day and floss once. Brushing after every meal is
easiest: you can brush much more lightly because you're not
allowing plaque to build up.|
|2. Use a good toothbrush.
||A quality electric toothbrush such as the
Oral-B could reduce cavities about 10%.|
|3. Regular checkups.
||Prevent minor problems from becoming major
ones. Skipping checkups would probably increase your dental
expenses by 30% or more.|
|4. Cheaper treatment options.
||If your dentist recommends a porcelain filling, a
much cheaper (if less permanent) solution could be a metal
filling. And if you mention that you're on a limited
budget, one study shows that you can get a price break
from most dentists.|
|5. Eat less sugar.
||If not that, at least swish water in your mouth
afterwards, and/or brush your teeth soon after dessert.|
|6. Employer-paid dental insurance
||About half of employers pay for dental expenses,
reimbursing you for 30% to 70% of the cost.|
|7. Personal insurance or cards.
||Dental insurance and discount cards can protect
against high expenses, but you don't need them if you'll just
resolve to take good care of your teeth and gums.|
|8. Remind yourself.
||You can combat forgetfulness by keeping your
toothbrushes and dental floss placed near your eating utensils,
or by keeping a recent expensive dental receipt in your pile of
bills to pay.|
|9. Motivate your kids.
||You can help your kids remember by letting them
choose their favorite flavor (i.e. Mint or Watermelon), and
rewarding them for good dental checkups.|