Ways to Save Money for U.S. Dental Care
Affordable dental care within driving distance isn't out of reach. There are plenty of low-cost (or free) dental options in your own backyard.
Dental and Dental-Related Schools: At dental schools, future dentists provide supervised care at a reduced cost, usually based on a sliding income scale. Depending on the school, dental students offer services like root canals, crowns, and even orthodontics.
Dental hygienists are on the front line of preventative dental care. So, check out local dental hygiene schools for free or low-cost checkups and cleanings.
The ADA has a handy tool to find the nearest accredited school to fulfill your dental needs.
Free or Low-Cost Dental Health Clinics: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a directory of clinics receiving federal funds. And your town might have state-funded or locally funded health centers, as well. Check with local social service agencies for referrals.
Promotional Rates and Student Discounts: Ask your dental provider about special rates and discounts. If your family has a unique need, your dental office might be able to help or refer you to foundations for financial support.
Plus, ask your dental office about setting up a payment plan or financing before a procedure. Even if you won't save money, it might ease your financial situation to make monthly payments rather than pay your bill in a lump sum. After all, they want their communities to be all smiles.
Your Home Oral Care Routine: Prevention is a key part of saving money at the dentist. Be sure to:
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice daily.
- Clean your teeth daily by flossing or using an interdental device.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially when snacking.
Traveling for dental care might save you money and seem like a pleasurable way to combine travel and dentistry. Just make sure you do your research on dental tourism destinations – the specific dental practices and their countries. You deserve affordable, high-quality care wherever you are.