Our top 5 tips for minimising the cost of dental care
While it’s true that the cost of living has been rising, there’s one area where being proactive can actually save you money in the long run – your oral health. The reality is that many oral health conditions, if left undiagnosed and untreated, worsen over time with an increased risk of complications. Regular examinations and treatment strategies, where necessary, help to minimise pain, further complexities, and often, additional cost.
Back to the dental basics
Here are our top 4 tips for caring for your teeth between visits:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice each day, using a soft, small headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily and care well for your gums as well as your teeth
- Limit your intake of sweet, sugary foods
- Never use teeth as ‘tools’ to open packages
- Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough check-up and clean – Book an appointment today.
Look after the basics and you’ll be doing what you can to avoid dental expenses in the future.
Prioritise your dental health
Did you know that your oral health is an important part of your overall health and well-being? Poor oral health is linked to a range of other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and pregnancy complications. Regular, positive oral health habits not only help to reduce the risk of dental decay and gum disease but also support improved comfort and quality of life. Taking a few minutes each day to care well for your teeth and gums will provide significant benefits in both the long and short term. So, before you fall into bed at night, dedicate a small window of time to invest in a regular night-time oral health routine.
What can happen if I don’t see my dentist regularly?
Having a basic dental routine only goes part way in supporting oral health. Your dentist is an expert in conducting a thorough oral health examination of your teeth, gums, tongue, and mucous membranes. When your dentist or oral hygienist cleans your teeth, this will involve removing plaque and tartar, which when left on the teeth, can cause gum recession and damage.
Dental X-rays are another common preventative strategy. X-rays help to detect tooth decay, impacted teeth, bone loss, and any areas of infection. Most commonly dentists recommend X-rays every year, though sometimes more commonly if there are benefits, as the problems they detect are often best treated in the early, less expensive stages.
Wouldn’t I know if I need to see the dentist?
Not all dental conditions involve pain or tooth sensitivity. Sometimes it’s not until a tooth or gum issue is quite advanced that we may become aware of it. This is one of the reasons why regular dental monitoring through six monthly check-ups is so valuable. If it’s been over months since you last visited the dentist, book an appointment today and have a thorough check-up.
Payment options for child dental care?
If your child is between the ages of 0 and 17, they may be eligible for up to $1052 in free dental care*. Check their eligibility online and book an appointment for your child’s dental check-up.