Your child’s smile is priceless. But the cost to keep that smile healthy isn’t some abstract value. On average, dental costs make up 20% of a child’s total health expenses.
Save money on your child’s smile with these 3 tips:
1. Treat baby teeth like adult teeth.
Just because we lose our baby teeth doesn’t mean we should neglect them. Tooth decay in baby teeth affects permanent teeth, creating future (and more painful and expensive) dental problems. Kids should see the dentist regularly starting at age one to establish a tooth-care routine.
2. Invest in preventive care.
You have to spend money to save money! The average cost for a child’s check-up is $61 without insurance. Meanwhile, the average cavity treatment costs $139.
Parents may also consider sealants for their child, which protect against cavities and can prevent future restorative procedures and costs.
Most insurance plans cover preventive services (some at 100%, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket). Learn what option is best for you and your family.
3. Use your insurance.
Insurance is designed to save you money. See an in-network provider to get the most bang for your buck (Delta Dental members always save the most money when they see a Delta Dental PPOSM provider!). You can also set up a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), if it’s offered through your employer.
Investing in your child’s smile is a worthwhile expense.