After a difficult year, money is tight for many families. To try to make ends meet, you might cancel your routine dental appointment because you don’t have any concerns currently. Although you might believe you’re saving money, you’re opening the door to a costly dental emergency. Your oral health needs aren’t something you want to sacrifice to pay the bills. You can keep a healthy smile a priority without adding the burden of a dental bill. Here’s how you can invest in the power of prevention without draining your bank account.
Visiting Your Dentist Saves Money
Dentistry focuses on prevention because research shows it can keep common oral health issues at bay, like tooth decay and gum disease. Although your toothbrush and floss are your first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria and infections, they can’t reach everywhere, which is why the American Dental Association recommends semi-annual cleanings and checkups.
Your dentist uses special dental instruments to remove anything left behind by your floss and toothbrush. They’ll also examine your teeth and gums to look for any concerns, like weakened enamel or inflammation. Your dentist can quickly intervene to stop the problem from worsening. Not only will you preserve your natural smile but reduce your future dental expenses. Research shows every $1 spent on preventive dentistry can save up to $50 on restorative and emergency costs.
Benefit from Affordable Preventive Services
Many people delay their routine appointments because they can’t afford another bill; however, there are many options to get the care you need. Besides traditional payment methods, your dentist offers other solutions, such as:
Dental insurance is a monthly investment that gives you access to discounted dentistry. Although more people than ever have insurance, only 2.8% meet or exceed their annual limits. Despite paying for their plan every month, many people believe they still can’t afford to see a dentist, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Your dental plan is designed to keep your smile healthy with 100% preventive coverage. A copayment allows you to get the cleaning and checkup you need without the stress of another bill. If your dentist finds any issues, you can use your dental insurance to cover up to 80% of the expense after reaching your annual deductible.
Many dental offices work with third-party financing, like CareCredit. You can pay for any treatments through installments after your credit approval.
Invest in a Healthy Smile
If you’re pinching pennies, don’t cut a healthy smile from your priority list. Your dentist offers the affordable solutions you need to invest in lasting oral health.
About Dr. Matthew Nawrocki
Dr. Nawrocki earned his dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry before continuing his training in prosthodontics. His ongoing education allows him to provide a broad scope of services, including preventive dentistry. Dr. Nawrocki strives to keep his services affordable by offering multiple payment options. Besides working with your dental insurance, he also accepts third-party financing. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.