Dental care is key to our overall physical health, but some of us don’t have dental insurance that pays for routine cleanings, exams, procedures and emergencies. If this is the case for you, our Toddlers To Teens dentists offer advice on what you can do.
What can I do if I don’t have dental insurance?
Our teeth become more vulnerable to decay, discoloration, erosion, and breakage as we age, all of which necessitate the attention of a dentist. However, not everyone has dental insurance for a variety of reasons.
Many are self-employed, work part-time, or are employed in a precarious or intermittent capacity. Others are no longer employed. There are a few things you can do if you don't have insurance for whatever reason.
Purchase dental coverage.
You may be able to obtain dental insurance on your own for a monthly fee. Several insurance companies sell dental insurance plans to self-employed people and those who do not have employer-provided coverage. Inquire with your insurance company about the best plan for you.
Participate in a charity event.
Some non-profit dental associations host events where dentists offer free or low-cost dental services. These can be extremely beneficial for patients who would otherwise be unable to attend dental appointments due to financial constraints.
Go to a dental school.
Dental schools provide high-quality dental care at a low cost, allowing students undergoing training to gain experience. These students are closely monitored by licensed dentists who inspect every stage of their work.
Though your appointment may take longer than at your regular dentist’s office, the trade-off is that you can save significant cash.
Take preventive measures.
Maintaining a good oral care routine is one way to reduce the cost of your dental bills in the long run. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss once a day.
This helps to keep plaque, bacteria, and gum disease at bay and can save you from having to go to a dental emergency clinic.
And, while it may seem counterintuitive, see your dentist on a regular basis for routine checkups and preventive care. These visits are not free, but they may help you avoid more expensive treatments in the future because any developing problems can be detected early on when they are still relatively simple to treat.
How much does a dentist appointment cost without insurance?
The cost of non-covered dental procedures varies depending on the procedure, the severity of your case, and other factors. We can give you an estimate for any procedures you may need.