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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.

Thought for the Day:  "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book."

~ Irish Proverb


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