Ways to Save Money at the Dentist
Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 7:00 am
It 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!
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.