If you tend to be more of a paycheck-to-paycheck family than one that is well off, then your family will already be more at risk of cavities and other dental issues. There are many contributing factors that come into play regarding the increased risk of dental problems that come with a lower income level. Here are some of the reasons why and things that you can do to decrease the occurrences of dental problems for those in your household when money is a big contributing factor.
The foods you eat matter
While it is known that healthier foods are not only better for your overall health but also for your dental health, it can be more difficult for you to stock your fridge with fresh produce and high-quality meats than it may be for others who are better off financially.
Instead, you may find it much more affordable to purchase processed foods high in things like sugars and dyes. These foods are ones that stick to your teeth, cause plaque to develop much faster, and cause your teeth to stain faster.
There are ways you can eat better foods even on a tight budget. Look for farmers markets near you where you can purchase right from the source, which can lower the price of the foods. Also, learn how to grow some of your favorite foods, so you never have to purchase them again.
When you do go to the store, bring coupons with you for healthy foods. An easy way to determine which foods are the healthiest ones that will normally be better for your teeth is to follow a certain pattern in the store. Generally, most stores are designed so the produce, dairy, and other fresh and healthier food products are located on the outer aisles of the store. When you move into the inside aisles, you will be moving toward the processed and packaged foods that tend to be worse for your teeth.
Dental care must be done correctly
While brushing and flossing are important and inexpensive, they are not the only things you need for healthy teeth. While it may be hard to fit those regular dental exams into your budget, it needs to be done. Those exams will be much more affordable than what you will face if you let your dental care go without proper exams and cleanings. If you do end up with problems like cavities or gum disease, the treatment will cost more, and dental problems can only go on for so long before they demand professional attention.
Contact a local dental health service for more information.