How to Save Money at the Dentist
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Ways to Save Money at the Dentist

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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99596_toothbrush_1It is no secret that health care can be very expensive. Unfortunately, it is not advisable for people to cut back on receiving the health care that they require. Regular trips to the doctor or dentist can prevent a small health issue from turning into a big, costly, one. Here are a few tips that can help you save money at the dentist.

Preventative care is important.
It is the type of advice that your mom or dad probably gave to you when you were small. Brush your teeth. Remember to floss. Doing this daily (several times a day is better) can help prevent cavities from forming. Less cavities means less trips to the dentist to have fillings put in.

Health insurance coverage is helpful.
One of the best ways to save money at the dentist is if you have dental insurance. An insurance broker can help you to find a good, and affordable, plan. Don’t wait until after you have a severe dental issue to sign up for dental insurance. Typically, a newly purchased dental plan will cover a cleaning and check up. Many will not cover fillings, or more serious dental care, immediately.

Find a dentist that is in your network.
It is important to make sure that your dentist is one that your dental insurance company considers to be in your network. Pick a dentist that is in your network and you can avoid the extra expense of getting the exact same dental care done by a dentist that doesn’t happen to be in your network. It is one of the quirks about health insurance that not everyone is told about.

Use the “freebies”.
Many dentists will give patients a “goody bag” to take home with them after their appointment is over. It will usually contain a high quality toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste, and a container of dental floss. Use the “freebie” toothbrush when it is time to replace the one you are currently using. Use up the “freebie” dental floss and toothpaste before purchasing more. This should save you at least a few dollars!

Ask questions.
The receptionist at your dentist office might be an expert in figuring out exactly when your dental insurance will cover the care you require. You may be able to schedule the appointment after what you need will be covered. What if you don’t have dental insurance? Ask the receptionist if the dental office has a sliding scale of payment for people who can’t afford insurance.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.