5 Ways To Keep Dental Costs Down

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Diana Polekhina

It is no secret that most people are looking to keep healthcare and dental costs as low as possible. But that doesn’t mean you should skip out on the care you need and deserve to stay healthy!

When it comes to keeping your dental costs down, you need two things: an affordable dentist and a strict care routine. Here are a few ideas for keeping costs low:

1. Get A Dental Discount Plan

If your premiums are more expensive than you want to pay, or your employer doesn’t offer dental insurance, then there are still things you can do to secure dental care. 

Purchasing a dental discount plan will mean that you will pay a fee once per year, and all you need to do is choose one of the dentists in the network. Your dental work will be done at a discounted rate. 

2. Opt Into A Payment Plan

There are times that you need immediate dental work, and you might even be in pain with it. Many dentists offer payment plans that are more than affordable for most people. (It is important to keep in mind that if the payment plan they have doesn’t work for you, you should ask for something that does!)

A payment plan directly with the dentist will make sure that you avoid putting the dental work on the credit card or taking loans or other credit to cover it. Effectively most other options outside of a payment plan will cost you the most in the long run.

3. Prioritize The Immediate

If you have been avoiding the dentist for a while, and when you finally do go, you need to have a range of work done – you might not need to have everything done immediately. 

Talk to the dentist and ask them what is going to be essential and which ones can wait. If you are honest with your dentist and explain that you can’t cover all of the work right now, they might be willing to discuss high-quality temporary methods that will work while you have the important stuff handled first. 

4. Pay With Cash (For Discounts!)

Perhaps you don’t have a dental plan or dental insurance, but you need dental work done. If you are paying in cash, ask if you can have a discount. One of the bargaining chips you have here is that you will be saving the admin work, fees, charges, and billing. 

If you are paying in full at the time of service, then make sure that is clear. Like most things, it is hard to say no to immediate payment; that is less hassle than paperwork. 

5. Stick To A Strong Routine

If you really want to save money, one of the most important things you can do is make sure that you are a stickler for your oral routine. Daily brushing is just the start of the care that you should be doing. You should also be flossing, using a good mouthwash – and ask your dentist for more tips! 

And of course, you should keep an eye on what you are eating too!
Here are some
foods that are great for your teeth!

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