For many individuals, regular six-month visits to the dentist are a standard and habitual part of their lives.
These regular visits lessen the chance of periodontal disease, which affects 47% of adults over 30 and 70% of adults over 65. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to make these regular visits.
At Penn Dental Medicine, we look forward to making regular oral health care more accessible. Here are some simple ways you can save on your next tooth cleaning. Because of our educational setting we are proud to be able to provide outstanding affordable care to our patients.
How Can You Save on Tooth Cleaning?
Spending your time and money on your oral health is always a good investment. Skipping small steps like those described below can result in paying even more for restorative treatment in the long run.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can save on tooth cleaning.
- Brush and floss your teeth everyday. How many times do you really brush and floss your teeth everyday? According to the most recent study by the Center for Disease Control,only about one third of respondents said they flossed every day for the last week. When you don’t floss your teeth, food stays trapped between the teeth and under the gums. Be sure that you’re flossing once a day and brushing twice. This will help you save money by avoiding the need for treatment for periodontal disease or cavities.
- Visit your dentist at least every six to 12 months. While it’s important to brush and floss at home, make sure you attend your regular appointments for a tooth cleaning. Your dentist or dental hygienist has special instruments that help remove hard calculus formed from plaque residing on your teeth. He or she will also screen for any problems that may have developed; the earlier potential issues are caught, the easier they will be to resolve.
- Invest in at-home teeth-cleaning machines. Whether it be an electric toothbrush or a water jet teeth cleaning system, ask your dentist about the best tools for you to use at home. The more efficient you are at home, the better chance you have to save on dental care in the future and to have a healthier smile for the rest of your life.
- Avoid sugars and acids. Sugary and acidic foods eat away at your protective tooth enamel. When this barrier wears away, your teeth become vulnerable to developing cavities. Limit sugary foods and beverages (even fruit juice.) If you do drink a sugary or acidic beverage, use a straw to limit the contact the liquid has with your teeth.
- Visit a dental clinic. When you do need to go to the dentist, whether it be for a regular tooth cleaning or another dental procedure, you can save costs by visiting a dental clinic. Penn Dental Medicine offers high-quality treatment from student doctors under the supervision of our experienced faculty. This allows us to offer competitive rates for our dental services.
For more information on how to save on teeth cleaning costs with Penn Dental Medicine, simply give us a call at 215-898-8965. You can also save even more by downloading our $25 off coupon. We look forward to serving you with a smile!