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Fix dental problems now or face costly solutions later
Updated: 9/11/2012 6:15:04 PM

Fix dental problems now or face costly solutions later  

Want to save money on dental care? Most Americans do, which is why discount dental plans are such a great option for many individuals who want to visit a dentist, yet do not have insurance or the funds to pay out-of-pocket. Recently, The Washington Times published an article by Priya Patel, D.D.S. who explained some other tips on how to save money on basic dental needs.

First, she said that the best way to save money is to visit the dentist regularly. This way, he or she can detect a dental health problem and fix it while it's in the early stages, before expensive surgery is required. Also, people who need tooth replacements should opt for implants over dentures, which may save them cash in the long run.

"When people have missing teeth, they usually opt for dentures because this is less expensive than alternatives. But these people are not aware of the fact that dentures can provide only 20 percent of the strength that a natural tooth can provide. On top of that partial dentures might apply more pressure which can lead to damage of teeth in the long term," Patel wrote for the news source.

Money Crashers states that other ways to save on dental care include participating in dental school training programs in which students perform procedures, searching for online coupons and, of course, enrolling in a discount dental plan. 

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