June 9, 2010

Tip of the day

Take good care of your teeth. I’ve been volunteering in or working in nursing homes since I was a child.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a visit when a resident didn’t tell me to take care of my teeth.  Maybe it is because partials and dentures often become misplaced or lost in those settings.  Maybe it is because they know how important the lifelong care of teeth can be in the strength of the teeth in later years.  Maybe it is because they are aware of the costs associated with dentistry. 

More and more research is being conducted on the association with poor oral care and cardiovascular illness.  Pregnant women are made aware of the importance of a good regimen of teeth brushing, flossing, and biannual cleanings.  If not for your health, though, take good care of  your teeth for your wallet.  Fillings, partials, crowns, and root canals are high dollar items. 

Look into the cost of dental insurance for you and your family.  Compare the price of biannual cleanings to the cost of the annual insurance payments.  Then add in the unexpected visits that can occur and calculate that cost.  Often, dental insurance is worth the money. 

If you do not have the funds for dental insurance, contact 211 for places in your community that offer dental care at a sliding scale rate or for free of charge.  In the Knoxville area, Remote Area Medical and Interfaith Health Clinics are two options for free services for those who cannot afford care.  However, the waits are long and no one is guaranteed that they will make it to the front of the line for care—many stand outside in line starting at 2am or earlier. 

With all of the toothpaste, dental floss, flossers, and toothbrush deals, couponers can score free dental care and can sometimes even make money! Donate your extras to places like Interfaith or a similar program in your local area so that those in need can benefit from your couponing efforts.

What other ways do you save on dental care?  If you have any extra tips, please leave them in the comments section so that all may benefit.

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