Ask Away Blog: Top Tips For Saving Money On Dentistry

Top Tips For Saving Money On Dentistry

Monday, October 14, 2019


 
Visiting the dentist can be an expensive trip. Maintaining oral health is important, but it’s always a worry when something so essential is such a drain on your bank balance. There are some ways you can save some money though and avoid those high dentist bills.
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Care For Your Teeth

The best way to dodge paying high dentist costs is to not require any dental work in the first place. Take good care of your teeth to avoid the bills. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day, and don’t skip flossing. Encourage children to do the same.

If you have dental implants, make the cost of dental implants worth it by taking proper care of them when you have them.

Don’t Skip Check-Ups

Your should see your dentist a couple of times a year for a check-up and clean. It might seem counter intuitive, but paying for check-ups can save you money in the long run. A good clean gives your teeth a helping hand, and your dentist will be able to spot and correct any small issues before they become big problems. If you leave these issues to get worse, they will be a lot more expensive to sort out than the cost of a check-up twice a year. The cost of having a filling is much less than a root canal.

Plan With Your Dentist

If you do need some major dental work, be upfront with your dentist if you will struggle to meet the cost. They can help you to prioritise the work needed, so you know which treatment you need now and which can be put off. They can create a plan to spread out the rest of the work so the cost is spread out a little for you. They may even be able to suggest some temporary fixes to hold you until you can afford the permanent treatment. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to negotiate a payment plan.

Ask For Cash Discounts

If you have the cash, ask your dentist if you can get a discount for paying in cash in full at the end of your appointment. As you’ll be saving them credit card fees and the hassle of billing, they might just agree, and you’ll save some money.

Ask A Lot Of Questions

Before agreeing to anything your Dentist suggests, ask them to explain the purpose of whatever they’re suggesting, or any procedure that you don’t understand. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For example, if you’re looking for savings, ask about cheaper alternatives. You could also ask things like whether you can put off treatments, or whether things like fluoride treatments are needed if you have fluoridated water at home.


As a customer, you have the right to ask as many questions as you need, and to seek a second opinion if you’re not convinced. Be savvy about your dentistry to save money without compromising on the health of you or your family’s teeth.





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