Keep money in your pocket, not in your mouth by practicing good dental health.
Welcome to Thrifty Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first Century.
My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host.
Yes, indeed, keeping your teeth in good shape can help prevent a lot of problems.
Recently I found myself sitting in the chair at my local dental office. I tried to sit quietly and concentrate on other things while the local Dental Hygienist prodded and scraped on my teeth. It wasn’t painful, but it did catch my attention.At the conclusion of my visit, I asked her what she thought were the most important developments in dental hygiene during the last twenty years. We spoke for a while. At the conclusion of my visit, I felt I knew a lot more about the work she had performed.Here is her list:
Better tools for cleaning
Increased attention to hygiene
Improved digital radiography images of teeth that can be shared with the patient
Strategies available for whitening teeth
Teaching patients how to clean their teeth more effectively and to use products for whitening teeth
Including the patient in cleaning and maintaining their teeth by explaining how cleaning daily protects the teeth and gums
Scheduled visits to prevent problems from getting worse
Awareness of potential for infection such as HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. And AIDS which indicates problems with the immune system.
Effective hand washing and use of personal protective equipment, including goggles, face masks, and gloves, by Dental Hygienists while performing care.
Maintaining teeth in good condition is preventive care. Overall dental bills may be reduced. Those who keep dental appointments and maintain their teeth are probably saving money and keeping their mouths and teeth in good shape.For those of us who consider ourselves immune from dental decay or too busy to have our teeth cleaned are fooling ourselves.
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.
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