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Can You Afford to Not Brush Your Teeth?

Before you skip brushing your teeth prior to bed or feel you cannot afford to invest in good oral products, ask yourself if you are willing and able to spend thousands of dollars once diagnosed with severe oral conditions. Keeping aside the financial cost, are you prepared to compromise on not only your dental health but overall health and self-esteem as well?

Not brushing teeth usually means cavities (dental caries). Cavities are holes in the teeth which need to be filled by a dentist. From a cost point of view, filling a cavity can cost anywhere from $100 to thousands. Some particular situations and solutions can cost as much as $1,000 or even more.

Sometimes, the condition worsens to a point where the teeth can only be saved through the means of a root canal. The cost of a root canal can be in the high hundreds and possibly go up to thousands of dollars. Some teeth which cannot be saved will have to be extracted. A ballpark cost of tooth extraction is between $75 and $150, although special situations and complications could run that cost even higher, of course.

Not only is there the cash cost of the dental procedures to consider, but there will usually be pain associated with the condition as well. Many of these situations can be prevented with regular, basic dental hygiene steps, thus saving both money and discomfort. Sometimes, these situations, and/or the procedure used to correct them, may affect the individual’s appearance, thus negatively impacting their self-image and self-esteem.

Additionally, if someone has been neglecting the care of their teeth, gums, and mouth, several teeth may be impacted, creating, even more, cost in terms of money, pain, and perhaps low self-esteem.

So, as you can see, there is no justification why you should ignore brushing your teeth. If you do, be prepared for poor dental hygiene and a number of dental problems.