money saving tips for the frugal consumer.
to Save Money on Dental Care
Plans and Insurance
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:
a dental plan
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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Offer children
water or milk as their main beverage and try to limit juice
to one glass a day.