Maintaining teeth is essential for well being and opting for professional dental care is the best way to get the job done. For years, coverage from dental insurance was the best tool to encourage individuals to get preventative dentistry, but as less Americans have the type of coverage (and the maximum benefit level barely covers the expense associated with a root canal for one tooth) the tide has turned. Instead, millions of American's can no longer afford dental treatments and are struggling to get their dental care on the cheap.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 45 million Americans do not have dental insurance coverage. According to 1800Dentist.com, "What makes this statistic...especially troubling is the fact that enrollment in a dental plan is the leading indicator of your ability to access dental care," (http://www.1800dentist.com/dental-health-news/no-dental-insurance).
Despite the current trend, dental care is not something that can be ignored. It has been suggested that for every $1 spent on preventative dentistry can result in a savings of $8 to $50 for restorative care. However, as more Americans are negatively impacted by the current financial climate, scraping up enough cash for a trip to a dental clinic has become an obstacle. That is why 1-800-DENTIST advices individuals to practice exceptional oral hygiene, eat nutritious foods, exercise and get creative in order to get dental care on the cheap!
Clipping coupons is a tried and true tradition, as the process of hunting for promotional discounts has helped put food on the dinner table for years. The marketing strategy has been traced back to soda manufacturer Coca-Cola at the turn of the century. Now couponing is an American way of life with blogs and television shows dedicated to the craft and a reported $3.7 billion in coupons used on consumer packaged goods in 2010. Dentists are just the latest supporters of the promotion.
As fewer people are going to the dentist, dental care practitioners have become creative in order to attract new clientele. As a result, it has become more common for dentists to promote deals on dental care on daily deal websites, mailer coupons and even publish deals in local newspapers. Sharp-eyed folks can potentially find great savings on a variety of dental services including cleanings, check-ups and even cosmetic dentistry treatments such as tooth whitening.
Bartering is the process of exchaning goods and services in lieu of money. The fact is everyone needs something. While you may have a toothache that needs the attention of a dentist, your dental care provider may need holiday gifts for their office staff, copy writing services for their website, help preparing their taxes or a series of back massages to relieve tension. This symbiotic relationship can help those in need get dental care on the cheap.
1-800-DENTIST wants to encourage those following this strategy to avoid trying to pay a dentist with chickens instead of cash. Instead, if a person has already established a relationship with their dentist, the best bet is talking to the provider directly to discuss the possibility. A patient should be honest (it is okay to let your dentist know you have hit hard times) and can suggest a number of work exchange options that may be viable. If the dentist has a need for any particular skills offered, there is a chance of free or substantially discounted dental work looming on the horizon.
Despite all the options for paying for dental treatments, paying upfront and in full rules the roost. Rumor has it that one California study showed that a majority of dentists were willing to reduce their fees by 5 percent for patients who opted to pay in advance (http://www.moneycrashers.com/affordable-dental-care-insurance/). Saving for that care is as easy as sticking any loose change and five dollar bills in a jar and only cashing those monies in for dental care.
Affording dental care and dental treatments may be difficult, but it is possible to get budget friendly dental care. Individuals who need to find a dentist who is willing to work with their financial restraints can start finding options by calling 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7.