The cost of dental care presents a real barrier to care for many people. However, DIY treatment modalities may end up creating more problems than they solve. For example, poor-fitting appliances trap food and plaque and may irritate the gums. Gum inflammation isn’t benign; it often causes bone loss around the teeth over time. Plus, if an appliance is placed over hidden decay or gum disease, existing problems may be exacerbated until they cause pain, infection, and tooth loss. And materials used in the mouth have been approved for internal use, so you don’t always know what unapproved materials contain and release into your system.
Consider finding a dentist that offers low-income options or assistance programs to make sure you’re solving problems, not creating more of them. Not every dental solution has to be prohibitively expensive, and you may have more options than you realize.