How to Save Money at the Dentist

group of african american college studentsHere at DC Dental we know that health and dental care costs can quickly add up. We never want our patients to deny themselves dental care due to fiscal woes. Here are our tips on finding affordable dental care and save money at the dentist.

Keep up with your Home care

The best way to save money on serious dental procedures is to avoid the need dental procedures altogether! By staying diligent with your home care, you won’t need fillings, root canals, or crowns. Always remember to brush twice a day and floss every day.

Regular Checkups

Much like the previous tip, visiting the dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and checkup is one of the best preventative measure for high bills from the dentist. During a checkup your dentist will make sure you aren’t suffering from gum disease, or cavities.

Dental Schools

Dental schools at universities will offer discounted treatment performed by students under the supervision of a professor. The treatment will take longer since it is a learning experience for the student and the professor will be advising throughout the treatment.

You can get very good, affordable dental care from a school.

Negotiation

It may not seem like the type of service that can be negotiated but experts recommend that you negotiate costs prior to your treatment. Many offices are flexible on pricing especially if you are paying in cash.

Additionally, ask if your treatments can be sequenced. This allows the work and payments to be broken up into smaller more affordable pieces.

Travel Abroad

Perhaps the most drastic method for reducing the cost of dental work is to get medical procedures at a reduced rate. Places like Costa Rica and Tijuana have taken advantage of the U.S. market by offering comparable dental care at a reduced price.