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Tips to Save Money on Dental Care

Dental Plans and Insurance

The National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) estimates that 40% of the workers in the U.S. lack dental benefits. They provide a search tool for dental coverage:

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Good Dental Hygiene

The best way to avoid expensive dental care is to prevent cavities before they start. Listed below are some tips to keep your family's teeth clean and in good health.

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day and after eating any sticky or sweet snacks.

  • Floss regularly.

  • Drinking water after meals may help to rinse off any leftover food.

  • Brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush. Hard brushes can damage tooth enamel and are not recommended by most dentists.

  • Watch out for lemonade. Foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits that have a high acid content can eat away at tooth enamel.

Dental Care Especially for Kids

  • Don't put your children to bed with a bottle. This allows the liquid from the bottle to pool up in their mouths and sets the stage for cavities.

  • On candy oriented holidays like Christmas, Easter and Valentines Day, instead of sweets consider giving your child items like small toys, books and art supplies. My kids always liked little gifts like punch balls, story books, Silly Putty, bubbles and modeling clay.

  • On Halloween, consider buying bulk novelty items from a party store instead of candy. It's healthier for the kids who come trick or treating at your house, and healthier for your kids because they won't be tempted to eat up all of the leftover candy at you home. It is a frugal option, too, as you can save novelty toys and give them out at next year's Halloween, use them for birthday parties, or as special rewards for your kids.

  • Offer children water or milk as their main beverage and try to limit juice to one glass a day.




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