With mounting evidence being presented that oral health care is systemically connected to your overall health, you would think that people would put more emphasis on oral health care. Why don’t we? It may not be the only reason, but a good argument is that dental care is too expensive. Insurance often covers preventive items, like cleanings, but more serious procedures can be a hit on the wallet. Believe it or not, there are some easy ways to reduce your costs.
So, what can you do?
First off, go.
Skipping routine visits to the dentist can lead to more expensive visits down the line. In fact, this is one of the most common problems in children under age 5. Many parents do not take their children to the dentist regularly and this can cause a need for extensive work at a young age. Visiting the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and an exam can help reduce dental costs greatly. Preventive care is the most successful way of ensuring your child’s oral health at a low cost.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
These accounts are similar to a savings account but the money you deposit into them can only be used for health care expenses and is a pre-tax item. HSA’s are a good way to save if you anticipate expensive dental care.
Many dentists’ offices are willing to work out a payment plan for expensive procedures. Call your dentist and find out if this is an option they offer prior to scheduling any procedures.
This is a credit card that is used specifically for health care procedures.
Moral of the story? Take the time to get your children’s teeth checked and cleaned twice a year. If your child is experiencing problems, the earlier you catch it, the better it will be for both your child and your wallet.
Don’t get discouraged if you are having trouble finding a budget friendly way to keep your child’s oral heath up to par. Ask your dentist for advice!
Do you have other tips on reducing out-of-pocket costs for dental care? We’d love to hear them. Leave us a comment.