Many of us have tried to do things ourselves to save money. I know I have. With Youtube and other online research, I have been able to upgrade components in my laptop, I have been able to repair some broken spindles on our staircase, and I have repaired an improperly functioning garage door opener. I have heard of people actually attempting to do dental procedures on themselves to save money. Please, please, please, do not attempt do-it-yourself (DIY) fixes for your teeth. I have heard damaging results. Instead, I propose more front-end DIY efforts.
By front-end DIY dental efforts, I intend to include preventive and dietary options. I know you have heard of many of these, so my attempt here is to provide something fresh and new, something that will not insult your intelligence, and something that meaningfully can save you money.
First, in my humble opinion, the best thing since the toothbrush, dental floss, and fluoride, is the artificial sweetener Xylitol. I have written of this before, quite a while back. This sweetener actually reduces the bacteria populations in your mouth that contribute to decay. Many popular gums and mints have Xylitol, so this is readily available. By having three “doses” of these daily, for at least five minutes each time, this can be an effective way to prevent decay. For more on this, I invite you to follow this link.
Second, I have many patients tell me that they floss “all the time,” they brush “all the time,” yet, they still always need dental care. From my experience, one reason why this occurs so often is that many of these patients unknowingly clench or grind their teeth, particularly at night. Following my examination, it may well be the first time they have ever been recommended to obtain a night guard. We can see the damaging effects of this clenching or grinding; so, we can honestly recommend a night guard in these cases. The benefit of the night guard is that it lightens the load on the teeth while sleeping. As a result, the teeth are not affected by heavier forces, which then either slows or prevents problems. For more on this, we invite you to follow this link.
Third, we ask patients who are more decay prone to consider what they are doing concerning eating and drinking. After meals and snacks, if patients do not have easy access to brushing, we advise swishing with water to remove food particles, and to dilute acids and sugars. For those patients who drink or sip on anything other than water for several hours daily, we recommend they enjoy their drinks over a more reasonable period of time, and drink or sip on simply plain water for several hours instead. In this way, the amount of time that food, sugars, and acids, are in contact with the teeth is dramatically reduced. For more on this, we invite you to follow this link.
Lastly, for those of you who may be more ineffective at brushing with a regular manual toothbrush, for those of you with fixed orthodontic appliances (braces), or for those of you with more severely crooked teeth, I would suggest the Sonicare electric toothbrush. This is the best brush on the market. It actually cleans beyond the reaches of the brush bristles themselves due to the sonic action in saliva and water. For more on this, we invite you to follow this link.
So again, I have tried to touch on more unique ways for adding to your preventive care. For more traditional information on prevention, I invite you to view more of my posts, and I invite you to see what my office does specifically to enhance dental prevention.
For more information about my privately owned and operated, value-conscious, and patient-centered dental practice in north Dallas, I invite you to follow this link.
If you are in our area and desire an appointment with us, I invite you to call us at (972) 250-2580.