You can't avoid your teeth. If you don't care for them, eventually your gums will recede, you will get pockets of germs, and experience mineral loss.
Floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes are cheap at drugstores with coupons, (or free, if you beg your dentist for lots of samples). Committed tooth care can help, but you still need dentistry.
Cheap options? Not a whole lot out there in the first world. Here are some ideas:
- Cross the border to Mexico (from the states) - this happens a LOT, mostly in places like San Diego, Tuscon, Yuma...there is an entire Mexican industry servicing teeth in border towns.
- Get tooth care at a dentistry school (i've had xrays and cleanings for very little at the Flagstaff NAU dental school). Students are not the most gentle at this point in this career, but they are watched like a hawk by their mentors, an your teeth WILL be properly cleaned.
- Try alternative care, as in this preventative dentistry page on WiseBread
What else? Ideas to share? DO yo ignore your teeth, set aside money each year for dentist care, or do something completely different?