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It's Tax Time: Invest In Your Oral Health

By Jill Feilmeier on April 17, 2014 in Just for Kicks

Dentist and a nurse working on a patient

April 15 has come and gone and if you're like most people, you have evened your score with the U.S. government. If you're expecting to get a few bucks back from your tax return this year, why not invest in your oral health? No matter the size of your refund, there's something you can nab to make your smile sparkle.

Tooth whitening
For a splurge, consider a professional whitening session with your dentist. Although it's the most expensive whitening option, it's also the fastest. In just one to three quick sessions with your dentist, you'll have whiter teeth that should last several years. Your dentist can also make custom-fit trays for you to use for home bleaching.

For those with less of a refund to play around with, over-the-counter whitening kits are available at many retail stores. Results from at-home kits may take a little longer since the bleaching agent isn’t as strong as what your dentist can provide, but they are more wallet-friendly. Be sure to consult with your dentist before beginning any whitening routines.

An electric toothbrush
Manual toothbrushes have proven to be just as effective as electric versions as long as users are brushing for the recommended two minutes using the proper techniques. Studies have shown, however, that electric models can be helpful for people who have tricky spots to reach or people with dexterity problems. Electric toothbrushes can be helpful for people with braces, parents brushing their young children's teeth and anyone who suffers from arthritis in their hands or wrists.

A visit to the dentist
Because Delta Dental coverage pays for certain preventive measures, you can stop in for a checkup even if you owed Uncle Sam this year. If you're due for your regular exam, call your dentist to get it on the books. He or she will be able to suggest other options to improve your oral health, regardless of the size of your budget.