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How to Save Money on Dental Care

When did you last see a dentist? 

More than half of the U.S. population avoids the dentist. They fear the treatment and high costs involved. Many think they’ll save money by skipping routine check-ups. Sometimes they can, but fixing small problems that are caught early can save money, time, and pain. It’s important to find a trustworthy dentist. Get referrals from neighbors, friends, and other doctors. Eat a healthy diet, brush and floss your teeth. An electric toothbrush is proven to clean better than a manual one. I’ve had mine for years! If you have dexterity issues don’t worry – it does the cleaning for you. Children can share the same handle while using their own brush head. Teach them how to properly brush and floss then make it a conscious habit.

Don’t skip routine check-ups. It feels great to get your teeth professionally cleaned a couple times a year. Dental insurance or dental discount plans can be cost-effective. Use your health savings account or consider the dentist’s payment plan. Some practices offer discounts for paying by check or bank card. You can also save money by making appointments at a dental or hygienist school. Sometimes a diagnosis warrants a second opinion. This step could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Do some online research, find quote comparisons, and talk to others.

Avoiding proper dental care will cost you more in the long run. So, eat well, brush, floss, and visit your dentist on a regular basis. Caring for your teeth is an important step in wise stewardship. 

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