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 in tip-top shape. And the fact is putting professional dental care on hold can result in serious dental problems later - and treatments that 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. Talk to your dental insurance provider to get all the details; knowing what's covered and what's 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 directly make payment arrangements with your dental office. Sometimes dental offices will even give you a 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. Dental schools and community dentists also offer low-cost dental care.
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