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Money Drain: $150 Dentist Bill to save $1 on Dental Floss

This happened a while back, but I just ran across your site so thought I would share my story here as well.

My wife and I ran out of dental floss some odd years ago, and decided to wait until our next trip to Sams Club to get some cheaper than at a normal grocery. Our next trip, however, would not happen for a few weeks yet as we only go there about once every other month or so. We decided to just brush really well and pick up the floss later, no big deal right? Wrong!

I started to get a pain in one of my back teeth, to the point where it became unbearable so I went to the dentist. Apparently I had a piece of food stuck between two of my back molars and my gums got infected. My dentist bill ended up being $150 due to wanting to safe a buck or two on dental floss 🙁

– Submitted by: Frank

Lesson Learned:
This is one of those “one off” stories that you never hear about until it actually happens, yet it still makes perfect sense. Who knew not flossing could cause someone such grief and expense?

Obviously keeping your health in check is very important, especially long-term in regards to finances. The healthier you are, the cheaper your health insurance, the more life insurance you can qualify for, the cheaper your check-ups, the less you have to spend on prescriptions, etc.

I’ve always loved the term (and the show) “You are what you eat”. One of my passions these last few years have been holistic nutrition and learning just how what I put into my body affects me both physically and mentally. It’s amazing how bad some of us are at taking care of ourselves and how much the expenses add up to in the long run. Save money now by adjusting one habit at a time in regards to your health, and it will be well worth it financially 🙂 After all, who wants to spend money on blood thinners or insulin for the rest of their life? Not me.

Amount Flushed Down the Money Drain: $149

About Crystal Groves, Google+

Crystal Groves is a farmer, web developer, musician, blogger, and personal finance enthusiast from the back hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. She started Money Drain as a project to encourage people interested in fixing their financial situation to share their stories and learn from the stories of others. We all make mistakes, but in order to change we have to make changes.

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