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Our Guide: Dentistry Tips for Patients Without Dental Insurance (Part 1)

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A dental emergency is never fun. Trust us. Our dentists in Garden Grove see our fair share of dental emergencies that happen at the most inconvenient times.

However, one of the reasons a dental emergency can be so shocking for some families isn’t because of the pain, or the blood, or the worry (but of course, those are still important). But because of the fact that a lack of dental insurance can make dental emergencies particularly troublesome.

With this in mind, we’ll be focusing on how you can save money, have good oral health, and avoid costly dental emergencies.

Step 1: Practice GREAT Hygiene 

If you’re not brushing carefully, cautiously, and thoughtfully – you’re not brushing right. When you don’t have dental insurance, you have to practice incredibly good hygiene. This means brushing gently at least twice a day, for two minutes — with fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss at least once a day using a gentle up and down motion. Don’t saw at your teeth, just guide the floss up and then down.

Think about it this way. A couple packs of floss, 2-3 tubes of ADA accepted toothpaste, and 2-3 toothbrushes are really all you need — and all it takes is 10 to 15 dollars at most grocery stores.

Step 2: See Your Dentist Twice a Year.

We know the drill. Schedule a dentist appointment and then reschedule, reschedule, reschedule. Sure – going to the dentist isn’t always fun, but the only thing worse than going to the dentist (for many) is not going to the dentist. Because not going to the dentist is how you end up with problems that multiply in severity…like cavities that become infections, cracks that become fractures, and toothaches that become future root canal procedures.

While you might sometimes change the recommended number of cleanings a year to 1 instead of 2 because you don’t have dental insurance, the fact is that a lack of dental insurance makes these appointments much more important.

Preventative care and early treatment are always less expensive than the big bills that come with big fixes that were put off for too long. Think about it this way: A regular cleaning might cost between $100 and $200 dollars (depending on things like X-rays).  Even a small filling for a tiny cavity won’t be much different.

When compared to the cost of fixes like crowns, root canals, or dental implants – we imagine you’d choose the hundreds of early care and preventative maintenance every time.

Live Near Garden Grove, looking for a dentist, and burning with questions about your teeth? We’ve got answers. Get in touch with our team today. 

 

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