Toothbrushes & The Dentists: Saving America’s Families Teeth & Dollars

The undisputed, unmatched power of a toothbrush, toothpaste, water and a regular twice a day teeth brushing schedule saves the world’s mouths billions of cavities each year. But what financial savings can these dental superheroes have on your family’s budget?

Simply put, teethbrushing’s wallet savings power is limitless.

“The absolute cheapest way to make your own dental experience better is to commit to brushing, flossing your teeth and eating a healthy diet,” Cleveland dentist Matt Messina told U.S. News & World Report’s website. “Those are pennies that breed dollars of savings later on. The cheapest cavity is the one you never get.”

Ask 100 random people and all 100 will tell you they’d rather use their dental insurance on cleanings rather than additional and preventable dental work. And the family that brushes together, saves together. But families who also see a dentist together have healthy teeth together, and use their dental savings for fun things like family vacations.

And conquering our fears of visiting the dentist can help our children conquer theirs. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control report 40 to 60 percent of Americans don’t go to the dentist as often as they should with anxiety and fear ranking as the top causes of dentistphobia. But putting off the dentist today is robbing Peter to pay Paul tomorrow. The most likely results of skipping the dentist regularly are unchecked cavities, tooth decay and more painful, more costly and more extensive dental work down the road, plus potential long-term health complications.

For as Fox notes, “skipping the dentist’s chair, like skipping the doctor’s office when you’re sick, to save money can have major repercussions on both your health and your wallet.”

And the costs of dental apathy extend well beyond American families’ wallets and int the emergency room. The American Dental Association reports in 2012 nearly 2.2 million Americans visited hospital ERs – more than double the 1.1 million who visited in the nation’s ERs for dental emergencies in 2000 – at an average of cost of $749 per visit, far more than a regular checkup.

For the family that brushes, flosses and sees the dentist regularly together, saves not only in prevented cavities together, but in the family budget together.

And that’s something the whole family can smile bright about.

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