October 07, 2022
5 Ways to Protect Your Teeth if You Can’t Afford to Go to the Dentist
Sometimes, money is tight, and we have to choose what we’re going to spend on and what we’re going to put off.
For older Americans, dental care is something that routinely gets put off, as studies show between 40% and 50% of adults in the U.S. delay having dental issues taken care of due to the cost.
But as with many other medical issues, preventing issues in the first place can be the best—and most cost-effective—treatment.
CHC has a look at five ways to protect your teeth if you can’t afford to go to the dentist.
- Check Your Benefits
Whether you have Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance, many policies will cover standard cleanings and X-rays in full. Just by keeping up with routine check-ups, you can help keep more serious issues at bay.
- Know When and When Not to Brush
You should brush when you wake up and before bed, but don’t brush right after meals. Due to the acidic nature of your mouth after you eat, you can damage the enamel by brushing too soon. Experts recommend waiting an hour after eating to brush.
- Ask for a Discount
Some dentists will offer discounts on treatments in exchange for cash payments if you are uninsured. Also, payment plans and bundled packages for a fixed cost are becoming popular in more and more officees.
- Go to Dental School
No, not so you can clean your own teeth, but to have your teeth examined by a student. While services may take longer to complete, they are always done under the supervision of a doctor and are provided at a discount.
- Look for a Public Clinic
Free or low-cost dental care is available at public clinics, especially in larger areas. Check this website for options in your area.