5 Resolutions That Will Save You Money At The Dentist
5 New Year Resolutions To Save You Money At The Dentist
According to YouGov.com,
“Among Americans who are making New Year’s resolutions, the most common ones are exercising more (50%), saving money (49%), eating more healthily (43%), and losing weight (37%).”
It’s that time of year again – new year’s resolution time. How about we knock out all of these resolutions by saving money at the dentist?
Here are five new year resolutions that will not only help you save money at the dentist, but also improve your overall health at the same time!
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Save Money & Smile With These 5 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Replace Your Toothbrush
The American Dental Association (ADA) says we should replace our toothbrush every three to four months. If you haven’t changed yours in that long, do yourself – and your wallet – a favor, get a new toothbrush.
You’ll be able to more effectively keep the cavity creeps at bay way better than with some worn-down toothbrush, and in turn won’t have to spend extra money at the dentist for a deep cleaning, filling, or worse.
Now be sure to brush your teeth for #2min2x a day, every day. You’d do it three times a day if it was going to save your life, right?
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2. Floss Everyday
This might be one of the most difficult new year’s resolutions on this list to actually keep, but there’s no doubt it will save you money at the dentist.
Flossing is so important to both our oral and overall health that there’s even a national day of commemoration for this smile-saving string, National Flossing Day.
So despite even the FDA claiming that flossing is ineffective, listen to your dental hygienist – and your dentist, they’re telling you how to save money on your smile!
3. Schedule – AND KEEP – 2 Dental Checkups & Cleanings This Year
No, thrice daily brushing and daily flossing will not save you money at the dentist, in and of themselves.
You also need to see the dentist regularly to monitor for gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer and various overall health issues such as diabetes, GERD, eating disorders, sleep apnea, and more.
Before you leave the office following your first appointment, be sure to schedule your next appointment. Yes, even though it’s six months away, there is a better chance of you not forgetting about it.
Resolving to schedule – and keep – two dental cleanings & checkups, combined with your diligent daily dental hygiene regimen of brushing & flossing will save you money at the dentist this year – GUARANTEED!
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
4. Complete Delayed or Neglected Restorative Treatment
If you’ve been delaying recommended restorative treatment, like fillings, crowns or implants, there is no better time to complete it than the beginning of the new year.
Your dental insurance just reset, and although insurance should never dictate treatment, you can save money at the dentist this year by maximizing your dental insurance coverage & flex spending accounts.
Putting off delayed dental treatment will not save you money, it will cost you more in the long run.
Just like with any other health issue, prevention and early detection are key and prolonging treatment may cause more damage that will require more extensive treatment in the future.
5. Eat Healthier & Exercise
You knew diet and exercise had to round out the list of new year’s resolutions, but how will eating better and exercising help you save money at the dentist?
Because oral health IS overall health!
Health starts in the mouth; what we put in it and how we take care of our teeth & gums.
It’s really simple to make the mouth, body, wallet connection.
If you sip on a sugary slurry of sodas and sports drinks every day while noshing away on candy-coated treats, your waistline will be expanding, your overall health will be declining, and the cavity creeps will come a calling.
But if you manage to eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar and get a few sessions of exercise each week you will absolutely save money at the dentist this year, and beyond.
Put your money where your mouth is, and use these new year’s resolutions to save money at the dentist this year!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Dental Patient News and has been republished here with permission. It has since been updated for accuracy & comprehensiveness.
on Jan 6th, 2020
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