Cash-Strapped Americans Neglect Their Teeth Dentist and Oral Surgeon Dr. Gregg Lituchy Discusses Tips for Saving Money on Dental Care in Challenging Economic Times Without Cavities! February 9 is National Toothache Day With the economy taking a nose dive, Americans are starting to cut back on everything from food and travel to medical treatments. If healthcare has become a luxury, dental care is now an extravagance. In fact, a recent study published in Health Services Research found that an increase in unemployment may be associated with fewer preventive care visits. With root canals and dental implants ranging from $800 to $3,000, postponing expensive treatments has become a reality with far-reaching consequences for oral hygiene. Skipping regular six-month dental check-ups and the proper daily oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing may lead to much greater dental expenses down the line! Dr. Gregg Lituchy offers easy tips for busy Americans to take total care of their mouths, reduce the risk of oral care problems and maintain beautiful smiles without hurting their wallets Multitask rinse your mouth with an anti-cavity fluoride rinse that delivers multiple oral care benefits while you are washing your face. Avoid sticky situations foods that stick to the teeth create an environment for bacteria to thrive, so the best strategy is to brush your teeth after meals and snacks. Technique matters learn the proper way to brush and floss. Ask your dentist or visit the Web site for the American Dental Association that offers great tutorial videos: http://www.ada.org/ . Don’t Skip Your Dental Check-Ups visiting your dentist twice a year is the best way to maintain good oral health and detect problems early on that could cause you more economic pain in the future. In fact, some insurance companies are reducing dental coverage for oral care procedures like root canals if you skipped your preventive visits. Don’t forget the fluoride- include a fluoride rinse in your daily oral care routine to help protect your teeth against cavities. For more information on Dr. Lituchy, visit http://www.lowenbergandlituchy.com . About Dr. Gregg Lituchy Dr. Gregg Lituchy is a NYC cosmetic dentist who graduated from S.U.N.Y. Binghampton in 1980 with a B.A. degree in Biology. He then attended Columbia University, School of Dental and Oral Surgery, and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1984. Dr. Lituchy continued his training with an internship in General Practice at Long Island College Hospital in 1984.