Are you afraid to go to the dentist? Your fears may not be based on mouth pain, but on a potential pain in the budget. Dentist visits can be expensive. There are a few ways to lower the cost; find half a dozen great tips on our sister site, Living on the Cheap. One of the tips includes “recipes” for making your own non-abrasive toothpaste and no-alcohol mouthwash. Many toothpastes include detergents that wear at the enamel of your teeth. Mouthwashes with alcohol in their list of ingredients can dehydrate the gums and allow bacteria to enter around the tooth. Make your own toothpaste, or look for detergent-free toothpastes and mouthwashes with no alcohol.