Fabulessly Frugal Friday: Preventing a High Dental Bill

We like to consider ourselves some what a couponing experts, but you know we do not have a licence to talk coupons or a formal education in deal blogging. (Who does?) We just share our opinions and try to help you save money.
Today I am going to talk about something I AM licenced to educate people in, DENTAL HYGIENE.

I have often seen patients that come in for the first time in 10 years!
The reasons are all very similar:

  • they were not insured for years
  • they put their kids first when it came to their budget and heath care
  • they couldn’t afford to take time off of work to come in
  • or their parents could not afford preventative care when they were growing up.

Do you see the reacuring theme here? MONEY!

When you put off dental care for years you comprimise your health. Almost every patient that puts it off this long develops periodontal disease. (Your gums get infected and disease moves down to the bone around your teeth destroying the bone that holds your teeth in.) Teeth decay and break causing the need for root-canals, crowns and fillings.

I have put together an example of how much it may cost to restore your teeth after waiting 10 years. This is a pretty conservative example. It could cost less, but very likely would cost more if you had more than 5 cavities or more than one broken tooth.

Prospective Treatment Plan: *Based on national fees
4-Quad Scaling and Root Planing: $720 (to treat periodontal disease)
1 Crown and build up: $900 (to fix a broken tooth)
1 Root Canal: $700 (to fix the tooth ache from the broken tooth)
5 Fillings @ $150 each : $750 (to fix five cavities)
Total: $3070 or $307/year based on 10 years of missed treatment

If you only did your preventative basics and got a cleaning a check up once a year it would cost you…..

Once a year plan: $140 per year, or less than $12 a month
Adult Prophylaxis $65 (teeth cleaning)
4 Bite-wing x-rays $45
Periodic Exam: $30

If you got your teeth cleaned twice a year which is recomended it would cost you……….

Twice a year plan: $205 per year or $17 a month
Adult Prophylaxis every 6 months $130 (recomended)
4 Bite-wing x-rays $45
Periodic Exam: $30

I only put the once a year plan in because some people that really take care of their teeth at home (that means flossing every day πŸ™‚ can get by with a cleaning only once a year.

So if you can just find it in the budget to keep up on your dental care it will help you stay disease free and cost you LESS in the long run. Plus you will love going to the dentist because you will have easy cleanings and less dental work needed.

Ok I have more to say! But I will have you wait until next week to learn more about what you can do to prevent a high dental bill!

*In your area it could be more or less!

Learn more about how you can prevent a high dental bill.

ps – just wanted to remind you about the FREE offer running right now for our FABULOUS readers with Edgewater Dental. You can read all about itΒ here.

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  • Lydia

    Thank you for this post. Im sitting here reading this with a broken tooth πŸ™ i will be spending my tax return on dental work this january which is a total bummer! now that i have benefits i will be going to the dentist regularly! i havent been to the dentist in 13 years (due to no insurance and not having the money to pay).

  • annie

    I am a Registered Dental Hygienist too!! I completely agree with you on all this!

    what REALLY gets to me is when someone works for a company that gives them free dental as part of their benefits.. and they don’t use it!

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