Wisdom Teeth: Removal, Maintenance and Cavity Prevention

4 Ways to Save Money on Dental Cleanings

From brightening your smile to preventing cavities and bad breath, dental cleanings are important for anyone looking to maintain their oral health and confidence. Of course, for many people, dental cleanings can be expensive. If you're looking for ways to save money on your cleanings, here are four tips to try.

1. Practice good oral hygiene

Ultimately, one of the best ways to save money on dental cleanings is to reduce how frequently you need them, and the best way to do that is to practice good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily will go a long way in preventing the build-up of plaque, which means you won't need to get it cleaned off as often. If possible, try to also limit your consumption of sugary and acidic foods (such as lollies and soft drinks) throughout the day, as these are some of the most common causes of plaque development.

2. Get your dental work done by students

Of course, no matter how well you take care of your teeth, you'll probably still need cleanings here and there. One great way to get a low-cost cleaning is to visit a dental training school. Dental schools are often looking for new patients willing to help familiarise students with performing dental work in the real world, and they're willing to provide treatments at a reduced cost (or even free) to get them. At a dental school, your cleaning will generally be performed by students in training, but don't worry about quality or safety. Schools will always select students deemed competent, and their instructors will always be nearby to make sure nothing goes wrong. 

3. Ask your dentists about discount plans

Prefer a regular dental clinic? Many have discount plans in place for people who visit the dentist regularly or those on a reduced income. In some cases, you may be able to get a discount by paying monthly for your dental cleanings, or you may be eligible for reduced pricing by paying in advance. Whether you're signing up to a new clinic or visiting your regular one, don't be shy about asking for details on any plans and programs available to save money on cleanings. 

4. Choose a gap-free dental clinic

Alongside discounted pricing, one of the best programs clinics offer to help you save money is a "gap-free policy." This means that as long as your healthcare insurance pays a full benefit for your treatment, the clinic won't charge you for any difference not covered by the rebate. Even aside from cleanings, clinics often have several gap-free treatment options available, including check-ups and fillings. 

For more information about gap-free dental, contact a local dental office.