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by Dr. Michael Popp on Sep 17, 2019

Are the high costs of dentistry preventing you from getting the key oral healthcare you need? From talking to your Calgary dentist about payment methods to practicing preventive dental care, here are some tips on how to manage your dental bills.

Many patients mistakenly believe that they only need to brush and floss their teeth daily in order to protect their oral health but while these actions are important, it’s also necessary to schedule regular checkups with your Calgary dentist.

Doing so will allow your dentist to:

  • Make an oral exam of your gums and teeth
  • Discuss changes in your medicine use and overall health
  • Look for signs of oral cancer or any other diseases
  • Diagnose oral health problems and make treatment recommendations

 

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3 Ways to Make Quality Dental Care More Affordable

If you are one of the many Canadians without dental health insurance, there are a few simple and easy ways to keep your dental costs low and make your visit to your Calgary dentist much more affordable.

These include:

1. Practicing Preventive Dental Care

When it comes to your oral health, a little prevention goes a long way in avoiding huge dental bills. Brushing at least twice a day, and flossing once a day, will help you avoid conditions that send you to the dental chair more frequently such as tooth decay and gum disease.

How? Regular dental exams will help identify any oral problems before they become too serious and require any extensive and expensive treatment.

In addition to keeping your oral healthcare costs down, yearly visits to your Calgary dentist can have many other benefits, such as:

  • Lower risk of tooth loss
  • A brighter and more attractive smile
  • Lower risk of cavities and other diseases

If you are a high risk patient, such as those individuals who smoke or have periodontal disease, you may require more frequent visits to your dentist.

4 SIGNS YOU SHOULD VISIT YOUR DENTIST MORE FREQUENTLY

 

2. Have an Honest Discussion With Your Dentist

Finding the right dentist is important because you must be able to talk to your oral healthcare professional about checkup prices, dental cleaning costs and any other fees when you’re booking your appointment.

Don’t be afraid to discuss your concerns with your dentist because there are some ways in which they can help lower your dental prices, such as:

  • Through payment options. If you have an expensive treatment coming up and you’re worried about the cost, talk to your dentist about payment options. You may be able to pay in instalments or some dentists may even agree to lower the price if you pay within a certain time frame.

  • Cash payment. For many dentists, receiving cash from patients is much easier than filing insurance claims. If you offer to pay by cash, some dental clinics may be willing to offer discounted services.

 

3. See if a Discount is Available

Dentists understand that some patients are uninsured and in the interest of not turning away customers, they may be inclined to help you out, especially if they sympathize with your position. Always inform your dentist of your financial situation and try to negotiate your bill ahead of time.

Tip: By using good negotiation techniques and booking an appointment during a slow period of business may increase your chances of receiving a discount.

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To find out more about how our Calgary dentists and friendly staff can help make your visit to the dentist more pleasant and affordable, contact our Calgary clinic today at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.


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