With medical and insurance fees rising everywhere, you might be looking for the best ways to keep your costs down. Your best option with dental care is actually a preventive one. When taken all together, the cost for all our suggestions are smaller than the cost of waiting until something hurts…and then needing a root canal and crown!
- Floss every day. A package of dental floss or floss picks cost around $2. When you floss every day, not only do you get rid of larger food particles that can irritate your teeth or gums, you also remove the plaque that accumulates between your teeth and causes cavities and gum disease.
- See your dentist regularly. If you have dental insurance, it probably allows you to have two preventive visits annually. Make sure you keep them. A professional cleaning removes plaque that has hardened into tartar that brushing and flossing can’t eliminate.
- Don’t skip the x-rays! In conjunction with your dental exam, x-rays provide you and your dentist a more complete view of your oral health. Cavities can be caught early before they turn into an abscessed tooth. X-rays can also show teeth that have begun moving or are coming in crooked.
- Treat problems when they’re small. When you fix cavities when they’re small, they don’t have the opportunity to turn into a big problem. Your teeth will be healthier, and so will your pocketbook! Cavities aren’t the only things that can be fixed early. Bite development can be corrected with stage 1 orthodontics in early childhood; impacted teeth can be removed through oral surgery.
When you practice preventive care, your health improves, and your wallet stays happy. If you don’t have a dentist, call Encino Dental Studio. Dr. Amir Jamsheed has a gentle touch and will help you have the healthiest smile possible.