Keep that smile and spend less on oral health products

If you’re struggling to make ends meet or are just looking to save money, don’t let your oral health suffer. A healthy smile doesn’t need to break the bank. These cost-saving suggestions can help you spend less without sacrificing your oral health.

Look for bargains

Many dollar stores have entire sections dedicated to oral health, so pick up some fluoride toothpaste, floss, extra toothbrushes, lip balm or mouthwash the next time you’re at the dollar store. These items are comparable to what you’ll find at a regular grocery store or pharmacy but often come at a lower price. Be sure the products you buy have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Get the most for your money

To find the best deal, pull out your calculator and check the price per unit, and double-check the expiration date to confirm you can use it up in time. Buying in bulk will also keep your oral health necessities on hand throughout the year. If you have a warehouse membership, you can stock up on toothpaste and floss, usually at a lower per-unit price. 

Clip coupons

Bargain hunting can lead to big savings over time. Dig through your junk mail and newspaper ads for print coupons, or check your local stores’ websites and apps for digital discounts.

Go generic

Look for store-brand items. Most stores source generic products from the same suppliers as higher-priced name brands, so you’re often simply getting the same product at a lower price. Just make sure your toothpaste and mouth rinse contain fluoride.

Squeeze that toothpaste tube

Use only the recommended pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Once you’ve finished a tube, start from the end and push any last remaining toothpaste up to the opening. You’d be surprised how many more brushings you can get from unused toothpaste that’s still in the tube!

Skip teeth-whitening products

Products that promise to whiten your teeth are usually too good to be true, and that’s the case with most teeth whitening products sold in stores. Stick with basic cavity-fighting toothpaste instead of the fancier options, which don’t actually have added benefits. Fluoride is the most important ingredient and is found in most budget-friendly toothpaste.

Collect samples at your next dental visit

Most dentists provide a small goodie bag of oral health supplies when you go in for a cleaning. This bag may include a different type of toothpaste, toothbrush or floss that you haven’t tried before

Get regular checkups

Although there are many ways to cut costs, it’s always best to prioritize your oral health. This is not an area in which you can cut corners and try to save money. Don’t skip out on visiting your dentist for regular checkups, which are usually covered at 100% and are already a bargain. And going to the dentist regularly could actually save money in the long run because dentists may find problems before they become more advanced and require expensive procedures.

Save money, but prioritize your teeth

You can save money without sacrificing your oral health, but make sure you do the things you’re supposed to do: Brush and floss regularly, and see the dentist once or twice a year. Your smile and your pocketbook will thank you.