You know how important it is to take care of your teeth. But what are the best ways to save money on dental care?
Skimping on dental care because you can’t afford it can cost more and cause more pain, in the long run. Good oral health is important for your overall health.
So put your money in your teeth, but spend it smartly. Here are some sensible ways to cut your dental care costs:
Ask lots of questions
Dentists are highly trained, but that doesn't mean everything your dentist suggests is going to be right for you. Ask her or him to explain the purpose of any procedure that you don't understand, and don't be afraid to question the necessity of anything that seems over the top to you.
Purchase a dental discount plan
If your employer doesn't offer dental insurance, or the premiums are more than you're willing to pay, consider purchasing a dental discount plan instead.
Just pay a small, one-time fee each year (around $100); choose one of the dentists in the network, and all of your dental work will be discounted.
If you need more dental work than you can afford, ask your dentist which procedures need to be done right away, and which can be put off for a little while.
Then, work together to determine which procedure will be tackled first, second, third and so on. If your dentist knows you're tight on funds, he may also be able to recommend temporary fixes to hold you over until a more permanent fix can be done.
Go to a dental school
Want to super-size your dental care savings? Consider having all of your cleanings and dental work is done at a dental school. The work will be performed by students (under the supervision of instructors) or by the instructors themselves, and you'll pay a fraction of what you would pay anywhere else.