How to look after your teeth on a budget

Having a healthy mouth with healthy teeth and gums is paramount to having a healthy body. Keeping your mouth clean is important, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Having a dental insurance policy for the big procedures is beneficial, but when you cannot afford to pay that extra monthly premium, there are still affordable, easy ways to prevent tooth decay and other oral ailments.

Good hygiene

Giving your mouth a salt water rinse after eating is a good way to naturally remove any food particles and build up, as well as avoid bad breath. You can even make a salt water solution and carry it with you through the day to work or school.

Brushing your teeth before bedtime and then again in the morning with a fluoride-infused toothpaste will also combat any build-up that was missed during the day. If you are strict about rinsing and cleaning your mouth, you are halfway there to having healthy, strong permanent teeth.

Iron and calcium supplements

Taking an iron supplement is very good for maintaining healthy hair, nails, teeth and blood count, and it has many more benefits. Iron supplements are also very affordable. They run at about R30 for a packet of 100 and if you take one a day, it is a very small amount to pay for your health.

Calcium tablets are slightly pricier, but teeth and bones thrive off calcium and it will save you bucks in the long run by avoiding the need for unnecessary dentist appointments. Calcium compounds help give enamel its strength. The enamel is the outer layer of your tooth. It protects against erosion and decay. Without the enamel, your teeth would feel sensitive and it could even painful when biting, chewing or eating. 

Less sugar

Sugar, especially sticky sugary treats and chews, has a tendency to latch on to your teeth and over time will erode the enamel. This causes cavities, which are essentially holes on the teeth’s surface.

Cutting down on sugary treats is not only better for your teeth, but also for your overall health.

Healthline explains: Frequent snacking on foods high in sugar increases the amount of time your teeth are exposed to the dissolving effects of various acids, causing tooth decay.

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