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Top money saving tips for your oral health

Finding out where to save money is not an easy task as there is so much variety on offer especially online and when confronted with supermarket shelves.

Your dentist will be able to tell you what type of toothpaste you need, however, if you prefer doing your own research and shopping around for better deals then we have some tips to point you in the right direction.

To help you along the way, here are our top money saving tips for your oral health…

Large supermarkets

Often a supermarket’s own brand is much cheaper than big named brands.

If they have the right amount of fluoride which can be found on the packaging, they should be fine provided you do not have any specific needs.  Always check the fluoride content is appropriate for all ages in your household, most family toothpaste will contain a minimum of 1350-1500 ppm which is typically fine for anyone over three years old.

If your dentist is concerned about the amount of fluoride for your children, then this can be discussed, and he will point you to a more suitable toothpaste for your children.  It will take care of your teeth perfectly fine and save you a bit of money.

At the dentist

Sometimes a dentist will be able to get certain products such as toothbrushes and interdental brushes for a discount price compared to other shops.

One of the best things about buying at the dentist is they will be able to tell you exactly what you need, almost like a prescription when you go to the doctor.

This will mean you spend less money on products that you do not need while maintaining your standard of health in between dental visits.  You could also take this opportunity to make the dentists a pleasant place for your children.

Buying them a toothbrush afterwards can be a treat for them and a way of positive reinforcement. This is especially true if they get to pick their own toothbrush.

Occasionally your dentist will also be able to give you vouchers for more expensive products, this will depend on the practice but it is always a good idea to ask.  They may also be able to make you aware of any promotions that are going on currently if you are looking for a specific product.

Pharmacies

Your local pharmacy will stock oral health products including tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes.

They can have discounts and multibuys available, especially helpful if you live in a household of more than one person.  This may not be available all the time so you may have to keep an eye out for when these deals become available.

However, it is good to be aware that bargains can be found for what you need for keeping your mouth in great condition.  Often doing so will stop further problems down the line meaning you will spend much less money in the long term.

Discount shops

Discount shops are great for a variety of reasons as they often have items that are a household necessity for much cheaper prices.

You could find everything for your dental needs including toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouth wash and floss.  These can often be the same big named brands that you are used to for significantly cheaper.

We would advise double-checking the expiration dates on what you buy.  Often a toothpaste will have a shelf life of one to two years from the date of manufacture which can be found on the tube, so you probably won’t get caught out.

However, it is always best to check this along with the level of fluoride it contains.

Which?

Which? has been testing products and comparing prices ever since the 1970s. It offers free impartial advice by testing manufacturers’ claims and conducting surveys on consumer satisfaction.

They do this to more than 3,600 products including toothpaste and other dental hygiene products.

It is certainly worth a look if you are considering changing your dental routine to better suit your oral health needs, you never know how many pennies you can save!

This is especially true if you are looking into buying an electric toothbrush as there are many varieties out there.

If you would like to have a look at some of their suggestions follow the link here: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/electric-toothbrushes/article/choosing-the-best-toothpaste-a5QlY0j8jkeT

See the original article here: Oral Health Foundation