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Five ways to save on dental costs
Updated: 1/28/2013 11:44:56 AM
 

Five ways to save on dental costs

Dental care is very important, but it can also be very expensive. This is why it's important for people to get discount dental plans to help them afford the sometimes staggering costs of even the most basic dental procedures. For example, a simple teeth cleaning and an exam can cost over $100 in certain areas for people without insurance or a dental plan, which is why it's important for people to find either insurance or a dental plan that will help them get the care they need at an affordable price. 

There are many different ways to save on dental care, and it's important for people to know what they are so they can avoid spending an unnecessary amount on dental work. 

1) Take proper care of teeth - First and foremost, the best way to save money on dental care is to take good care of teeth. People who brush, floss and use mouthwash on a regular basis are less likely to develop serious conditions that need expensive procedures to fix them compared to those who don't practice good dental health habits. For example, a root canal to repair the pulp of a severely decayed tooth could cost hundreds of dollars without a dental plan. However, people who brush their teeth twice a day, floss once daily and use mouthwash after meals will be helping to provide themselves with the foundation for healthy teeth. 

2) Eat healthy foods - Another way to save on dental care is to avoid sugary snacks in exchange for healthier options. When people consume a great deal of sugar, the bad bacteria that inhabits their mouths use this sugar as a snack. Once they are nice and full, the bacteria will then begin attacking the enamel of teeth, causing decay and potentially increasing people's risks for needing a pricey procedure or even a new tooth. Instead of sugary snacks, people should look into treats that contain xylitol. According to RDH magazine, this sugar substitute is derived from fruits and vegetables and may actually help prevent tooth decay and reduce the ability of plaque to form on teeth. To know how much sugar they're eating, people should always read the labels of all the packaged food they consume. 

3) Shop around - MyTwoDollars.com recommends that when people want to save on dental care, they shouldn't just pick the dentist that is closest to them, but look around for one that will offer the best price. The internet has now made it possible for people to compare dentists based on ratings, location and price all at once. Also, individuals may want to seek second opinions if they believe that their dentists may be trying to convince them to get dental procedures that they don't really need. 

4) Visit the dentist twice a year - A dentist can spot the early signs of dental problems before they arise, which is why people should always visit them regularly before an issue gets out of hand and requires an expensive procedure to fix. 

5) Get a discount dental plan - Finally, it's important to stress how much money can be saved with a discount dental plan. Individual dental insurance requires people to pay an expensive fee each month, and individuals can still find themselves paying for parts of their dental care out of their own pockets. However, with a discount dental plan, people pay one low rate to join, then end up spending 40 to 60 percent less on the care that they need. There are even discount dental plans for the whole family, so everyone can get in on the savings. 

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