Skipping Dental Exams Is Tempting, but Costly
It's understandable that you might be tempted to skip regular dental exams/dental checkups when the economy is bad or if you're experiencing a financial crunch. But brushing and flossing aren't enough to keep your dental health. Putting professional dental care on hold can result in serious dental problems later - and delayed treatments are much more costly.
If you have dental insurance, be sure to take advantage of the benefits. Standard coverage usually includes preventive care - dental exams and checkups - as well as X-rays and basic restorative treatments like a tooth filling.
Knowing what's covered and what is not can be the difference between incurring extra costs and avoiding them. In addition, talk to your dental office's administrator prior to your visits to get an estimate of costs so that you can determine your out-of-pocket expenses (if any).
Even if you don't have dental insurance, there are many payment options available to help you stay on top of regular dental exams and checkups. One option is to work out payment arrangements with your dental office. Sometimes dental offices will offer a courtesy discount for cash payments, so don't be shy about asking! Many dental offices now accept (or even offer) financing plans such as CareCredit®, which can be used for a variety of health care treatments, including dentistry.
"Keeping your dental health and managing costs is a benefit of regular dental check ups" says Dr Cherukuri from her Chino, California dental practice. "Preventative care is the best insurance policy." she adds.