Dental Care – Budget Options

According to a study, 79% of low income people without dental insurance are not aware of any affordable options for dental care.  The good news is there are affordable option,  you just have to know where to look.

These low-cost dental care resources may be available in your community:

  • Dental schools. Many dental schools offer low cost dental work at a reduced cost.  The dental care is provided by the students, under the direction of a trained professor.
  • Community health centers. Some Cities have community programs that offer low cost or in some cases even free dental care.  These programs are run by volunteers that want to help give back to the community.  So check with you local municipality to find these community programs.
  • Discount dental plans. These plans are usually less expensive than dental insurance.  Discount dental plans are a very inexpensive option to get a lot of savings on your dental bills.  These programs work by giving you access to a network of dentists that have agreed to work at a discounted rate, in exchange for more business.  These discounts can range from 20-60% off and normally cost as little as $5.95 a month.

Certain dentists will take payment plans, so if the above options are not enough you can call around to find a dentist that will do the work with just a little money up front.  You then can agree to make monthly payments to pay for your work.

Green Tea and your Oral Health

Many studies have linked green tea to benefits in weight loss and cancer prevention, and now drinking this popular beverage could positively impact your oral health. According to a study in the Journal of Periodontology, people who regularly drink green tea have better periodontal health than others.

Male participants in the study were evaluated on three indicators of periodontal disease – periodontal pocket depth, bleeding on probing of the gum tissue, and clinical attachment loss of gum tissue. It was found that for every one cup of green tea consumed each day, each of these three indicators decreased, meaning green tea was able to reduce the symptoms of periodontal disease… (American Health Advantage)