One Simple Thing That is Saving This Family Thousands in Dental Bills

Learn this one thing that saved this family thousands in dental bills!

My husband just came back from the dentist and I couldn’t believe what he told me!

1 Simple Thing That is Saving This Family Thousands in Dental Bills

Before I dive into his life-saving story, I want to preface this post by saying that both my husband and I go to the dentist for cleanings and I’ve had dental work and some wisdom teeth pulled too.

In our earlier years, we may have skipped a year or two between cleanings. But, after our son was born, life just got busy, and we both neglected our oral care and didn’t see the dentist for years.

Of course, we floss – my husband flosses every day and has been for years – and brush our teeth and we don’t drink soda or high sugary foods. We just didn’t go to our yearly cleaning appointments. For almost four years.

My husband was complaining last week that his back teeth were hurting him. He was worried he may need a root canal or something serious so he booked his dentist cleaning this week.

People Have Different Mouths

I had no idea that mouths are different. Even saliva is different. The hygienist told my husband that he has a spitty mouth. His mouth produces too much saliva.

People with “spitty” mouths tend to have more plaque than those that don’t have “spitty” mouths (like me). Those people – um, me – have a tendency to get cavities. Which, I did when I was an early teen and had them filled.

My husband told me that the hygienist recommended that the dentist freeze his mouth before she started cleaning.

Apparently, there were years of plaque build-up in his mouth. She said his teeth will hurt after. He didn’t freeze his mouth.

He was at the dentist for over two hours and he still has to go in again to finish the cleaning.

As my husband is saying this, I was shocked by what he was telling me. When we lived in another city and went to the dentist there, my husband always told me that they said his teeth were fine and that the cleanings were fast and didn’t hurt.

Can all that change in a few short years?

His hygienist also told him he was brushing and flossing completely wrong.

She said most people brush too hard, not long enough, and don’t do it right (top to bottom is right, most do crossways).

Now, that I’m brushing my son’s teeth, I want to make sure I’m doing it right.

Gum Disease is the Root of ALL Health Problems

My husband and I have always adopted that health begins in the gut. You need a healthy gut – good probiotics – to have a strong and healthy body.

Little did we know that you have to go back before the food hits your gut – your mouth. My husband’s dentist strongly feels that gum disease is the root of all health problems.

While my husband isn’t old, he is coming up with small health problems that aren’t related to each other. His gums could be the culprit.

Here’s a video to help you with fighting gum disease naturally (that really work).

My Hygenist Told Him To Get This Today


Some of the links below are affiliate links, but we each got one this afternoon from our local drugstore (even though we paid a bit more) so we can start using it today!

To save you thousands in later dental bills.

Spend $50 for this toothbrush and it can also save your life. Okay, maybe it’s not that literal, but for my husband, it might be. He’s no spring chicken!

So, what is this toothbrush?

Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun

I couldn’t believe that this little electric toothbrush would save us thousands in dental bills, but the hygienist and dentist swear by it. By using this toothbrush regularly, you’ll avoid expensive dental work like a dental implant or root canal work.

I mean apparently electric beats the regular toothbrush by 1000%, and nearly all dentists and hygienists say to go electric. I never knew!


Because the electric toothbrush is more efficient at getting the plaque off your tooth. Plus this toothbrush has a built-in sensor so you aren’t brushing too hard (which hubby is unknowingly doing).

Brushing hard is like the #1 thing most people do. And it’s wrong.

Kids Can Use Electric Toothbrushes

If you have a preschooler than you can use an electric toothbrush (supervised). My son is excited to try this “machine” out and I’m glad he’s willing to brush his teeth.

Setting up a good routine with oral care in your children is imperative to long-term health. My son has a light-up toothbrush – this exact one – and he loves it.

It lights up for the entire time it takes to brush your teeth – 1 minute – and helps him know how long it takes to make his teeth clean.

My Husband’s Oral Care Plan

Now that he’s taking his gum disease serious, he’s going to try some natural remedies (that he did in the past, but stopped once he became a father and life got too busy).

My husband will start:

  • Using hydrogen peroxide to rinse his mouth
  • Oil pulling
  • Salt water rinses
  • Use the Oral-B electric toothbrush
  • Visit the dentist twice a year

I will have my dental visit soon. I know it won’t be that bad since I have a different mouth than my husband (my teeth are a bit gappier, I have fillings, not a lot of salivia)…well I least I hope!

Don’t be like us! Visit your dentist for a cleaning. Try oil pulling. It’s easy to do and has wonderful health benefits!

If you have any life-saving or money-saving dental stories, please share!

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All i wanna say is that i LOVVVED all that u hav written! Gr8 job!Reply to Faiza
Thank you so much! I’m glad you are enjoying the posts!!Reply to Elna
Loved this! People don’t realize how much of their health is affected by periodontal disease – because the truth is it’s an active infection below the gums. It’s been shown to be related to a lot of common health problems like diabetes, HBP, & heart disease. I personally like the Sonicare electric toothbrushes vs the Oral B. But onther really awesome thing you guys can use at home to support brushing & flossing is a hydrofloss. In simplist of terms, you can think of it as a mini power wash for your teeth. Try it and you won’t be disappointed. The freezing method was interesting, but that seems risky if you have any sensitivity (and most of us do), plus I would think that might not be very effective for bacteria really deep. Did you know that a dentist/hygienist (as long as they have been certified) can use a laser to break up those bacteria colonies below the gum line? It’s super effective, AND it doesn’t make your teeth or mouth hurt. 🙂 Thanks for an interesting post! Looking forward to more.Reply to Kendra
Hey Kendra, You’re full of some great tips for your teeth! Thank you so much. Bless you, so much! After we got the Oral B electric toothbrush, we picked up the Oral B Waterpik and that’s amazing! Thanks so much!Reply to Cathy
I get the struggle. I have three kiddos and even with dental insurance we pay so much if they have a cavity or tooth pain anything other than their normal check. I am totally going to keep your tips in mind. Thank you for sharing.Reply to Nicole
Hey Nicole! Yeah! Dental bills are so much money, but I’m finding out that as I’m getting old, that you save so much money by being proactive. Going to those cleaning visits 2x a year, buying electric toothbrushes, water picks, and flossing diligently will go such a long way!Reply to Cathy