Five Ways to Save Money at The Dentist

added on: May 24, 2018
young woman brushing teeth

Find a dentist who takes the time to teach you how to be healthy, rather than just “fixing” your dental problems.

Some people go to the dentist their whole lives and never stop having dentistry done.  Why?  Maybe no one ever took the time to teach them the three reasons people have problems their teeth – gum disease, dental decay and bite problems. Do you have a plan with your dentist to prevent these problems?  Or are you just getting treatment for the symptoms of these problems……tooth pain, loose teeth, bleeding gums, broken teeth, worn teeth, headaches, sore jaw joints…….

Healthcare (including dental care) in the United States has really become disease care.  The focus on “prescribe and treat”, with less emphasis on creating health, has led to a nation that is not well.  Addressing the behavioral and lifestyle issues that lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, dental decay and gum disease requires a relationship between the healthcare provider and the patient that is not possible in the high-paced world of modern “healthcare”.  On the other hand, to “fix disease” just requires an assembly line of care where you can get treatment less costly.

Eat real food.

All the advances in dental care, in addition to the promotion of dental prevention has not led to a decrease in dental disease.  Why?  Because the Standard American Diet is indeed SAD.  The low-fat, high-carbohydrate craze has led to added sugars everywhere in our diet.  And it’s not the sugar alone causing cavities.  The poor nutritional status of this diet leads to calcium leaching out of the teeth, and an imbalance of the good/bad bacteria in our mouth, making our teeth and gums less resistant to breakdown.

Ten thousand years ago humans had no toothbrushes, ate natural diets, and had no tooth decay or gum disease.  Think about it……want to save money at the dentist: change the way you eat.

Dental work is not all the same. “Cheap” dentists cost you more.

Many people assume that all dentists and dental procedures are the same, and they tend to compare pricing like they would for a physical product online. The cheaper the better, right?  Wrong.  Just as you shouldn’t want to eat cheap sushi, “cheaper” is rarely a good thing at a dentist’s office.

Cheap practices use cheap materials, and they do cheap work. They do this because it’s a numbers game. Their goal is to get patients in and out quickly and cheaply.  In this scenario, you lose. Here’s why: In many cases, it will cost you more money fix the same problem in the near future. You may have to go to another dentist to fix the bad dental work! Bad dental work can cause you discomfort. For years. Bad dental work can look horrible.

In worst-case scenarios, bad dental work can cause infection and other dental problems.

Your top concern in saving money at the dentist is finding a quality Sheboygan dentist that cares about quality work.  The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

Understand that your dental insurance will not cover everything.

Many people, particularly those with new dental insurance, mistakenly believe that their dental insurance is going to cover 100% of their dentist bill.  That’s not how it works. In fact, it’s never worked that way.

Your insurance company is a business. They are out to make money. They are not in it for your health.   Think of dental insurance like a coupon.   A coupon, when used correctly, can get you a discount on some stuff.

Do not wait to get treatment.

Some people have an ostrich theory about dental care: They know they need to do it, but they stick their head in the sand and put it off. This is the absolute worst thing you can do from both a financial and health perspective, because dental problems only get worse (and more expensive) when ignored.

Dentistry is not expensive, but neglect is. When ignored, inexpensive dental problems (small fillings) can turn into large, expensive and painful problems (root canal). Provided you have even moderately-good daily dental hygiene habits and a healthy diet, simply by scheduling regular preventive care at your Sheboygan dental office, you can avoid about 90% of expensive dental procedures.

Call us today to schedule your next appointment. We’re always accepting new patients from Sheboygan, Kohler, Plymouth, and the surrounding areas.

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