If you do not have comprehensive medical insurance, a trip to the dentist can be an expensive affair. However, missing out on regular check-ups to save money is a false economy, as it can lead to problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. As these conditions become more severe, they are likely to require more extensive and expensive dental interventions. Below is a guide to 4 alternative ways you can see a dentist if you do not have medical insurance.
Volunteer to take part in dental research
Universities and medical companies will often seek volunteers to take part in dental research studies. By volunteering to take part in a dental study, you will receive dental care free of charge. It is important to note that the dental care you receive will largely be dictated by the area of research, so you are seeking a particular treatment you may not receive it. However, it is likely that you will receive a dental checkup before any study begins.
Enrol in a discount dental plan
Another way of cutting the cost of dental visits is to enrol in a discount dental plan. A discount dental plan will require you to take out an annual membership. However, the cost of this membership will be offset by discounted dental care.
Visit a free dental clinic
Many Australian states and territories now offer a limited dental service which is free. While it is likely to may have to wait for some time in order to get an appointment, and the range of services may be limited, this is a great way of maintaining regular dental visits if you do not have insurance. You should contact the local health department in your area for more information.
Visit a student dentist
Many student dentists who are just beginning their careers need to gain experience. One way of doing this is to offer free or low-cost dental services to the local community. These students will always be supervised by a fully qualified dentist, so there is no need to worry about their inexperience. You should contact a local dental school for more information.
Remember, money doesn't have to get in the way of regular visits to the dentist. If you are looking for a free or low-cost dental checkup or treatment, contact your local dental clinic today. They will be able to offer you further help and assistance.Share
12 October 2016
When I had my first child, I was a nervous wreck. Every book I read gave different advice, and I just wanted to be right! By the time I had my third child, some of the stress had abated. I now realised, there were tons of different perspectives on everything related to raising children including dentistry. To help parents, I have created this blog dedicated to unraveling dental myths about children. I am including posts that weigh both sides of issues such as thumb sucking, dental caries, breastfeeding, flossing and any other topic I can think of. I hope you find the information you need to unravel dental myths, but most importantly, I hope you find some peace of mind. With kids and dentistry, there can be more than one right answer, and I want you to be able to relax and go with the answer that's right for you.