Save money with these key dental care tips

Dental care is an integral part of overall health care.

ENGLAND, September 10, 2012― A lot of people worry about the cost of dental treatment. Here are some dental care tips that can help you keep your teeth healthy and lower your costs.

Visit your dentist on a regular basis.

You should visit the dentist regularly. The chances of getting an infection or tooth decay decreases with regular checkups. This is quite obvious because if the dentist sees something wrong then he/she will recommend a treatment to resolve the problem. Allowing it to continue untreated could result in a more serious problem.

Rinse your mouth after meals.

Once you have eaten meal, it is beneficial for you to brush. However, sometimes this is not possible. If you can’t brush, try rinsing your mouth after every meal instead. When you rinse, the food left in your mouth will be removed and pH levels will be neutralized in your mouth.

Use dental floss.

Tooth decay can be fought with proper use of dental floss. This will clean the areas between your teeth which are at risk of getting infected. Make sure that you do not irritate gums while flossing. Get in touch with the dentist if your gums bleed during flossing. The idea is to slip the floss between your teeth and then hug the side of the tooth with the floss whilst using an upward motion (for lower teeth) or a downward motion (for upper teeth) to clean the side of the tooth. This should be repeated for the other side of the tooth.

Brush your tongue as well as your teeth.

It is essential for you to clean the tongue while brushing as there are various kinds of bacteria which tend to reside there.

Utilize anti-bacterial mouthwash.

In order to maintain a healthy mouth, opt for anti-bacterial mouthwash.

Stop Smoking.

Smoking is bad for teeth and gums. Smoking can also discolor teeth. The blood supply to the gums is disrupted and it makes it harder for them to maintain good health. With the lack of blood supply, it is also harder to diagnose gum disease.

Avoid choosing to have an extraction.

It is always better to save the natural tooth rather than going for permanent solutions like bridges, etc.

Permanent constructions can be better than dentures.

When people have missing teeth, they usually opt for dentures because this is less expensive than alternatives. But these people are not aware of the fact that dentures can provide only 20 percent of the strength that a natural tooth can provide. On top of that partial dentures might apply more pressure which can lead to damage of teeth in the long term.

There are some instances where bridges can create more damage to teeth than a denture so it is always good to get a dentist’s opinion, as they can guide you on what options are available for you.

Stay away from staining drinks and food after teeth whitening.

Once you are done with teeth whitening you will find that the white shine of your smile lasts only a little while. This is because of the kind of lifestyle choices that you make. In order to maintain your bright smile, avoid fizzy drinks and colored food. Smoking and red wine will also stain your teeth.

Eat spinach and fish, and drink milk.

Calcium is essential for teeth and for this you need to eat spinach and drink milk as these are rich in calcium. Vitamin D is required to absorb Vitamin C. Oily fish is good for this as it contains vitamin D.

Eating carrots can help to have healthy gums.

Carrots, rich in vitamin A, can help in development of saliva. This can help in maintaining teeth and gums healthy as saliva possesses anti-bacterial qualities.

Stay away from sudden temperature changes.

When teeth are exposed to sudden temperature changes, sensitivity can occur and in extreme cases it can lead to enamel damage. Do not consume hot and cold food together.

Make use of minimal treatment for cosmetic dentistry.

For your smile makeover, veneers or crowns are used by dentists. The end result is the same from both. When veneers are used, your tooth will be trimmed a little bit. Crowns are more destructive to the tooth tissue. Ensure that you seek the dentist’s opinion for which one would be best suitable for your teeth.

There are many factors that have an impact on the price of dental treatment. If you opt for private dental care, it will prove to be expensive. Location as well as reputation will influence cost. Therefore in order to get reasonably priced dental care, you need to shop around to get best value for your money. Do not forget to check credentials.

Do not fear the dentist.

Nowadays with the advancement of technology it has become possible for you to get dental treatment that is painless. So there is no need for you to fear the dentist.

Do not wait until it is too late.

Just leaving your teeth infected, damaged and untreated can leave you with serious problems. If you visit the dentist at the initial stages it can prove to be reasonable and quick treatment. So if you find any problem, get in touch with the dentist soon!

 


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Dr. Priya Patel

I’m Dr. Priya Patel with over 10 years of experience in the dental industry and dental principal of Village Dental Practice in Stevenage, UK.  I qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Dental Hospital in 2002 from London. I involve patients in their own treatment and enjoy seeing the improvement in a patient as their treatment progresses.

I also teach dentists at the Royal College of Surgeons in London who are completing postgraduate studies as well as overseas dentists who are studying for their equivalency exams.

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