There is no getting away from the fact that dental care can be expensive. It is thought that one-third of Brits don’t visit the dentist due to the cost. With the average cost of a check-up being £23 and a false tooth coming in at around £270, visiting the dentist for some can be a costly experience os it’s no wonder that many people skip dentist appointments in favour of DIY dental treatment or seeking to rectify minor issues using products you can buy on the high street.
But if you do need dental work, how can you keep the cost of dental care down?
Pay Attention to at Home Dental Care.
Practising good oral hygiene can go a long way to keeping dental care costs down as can maintaining regular check-ups. As counter-intuitive as that sounds. Regular check-ups, along with thorough brushing twice daily, flossing means exceptional dental hygiene will remove the need for excessive treatment due to improper care and attention in one of the most used parts of our bodies.
The longer you put off a visit to a dentist, the more time your dental issues will have to worsen, requiring more expensive treatment.
Many people find that taking out dental insurance can cover the cost of dental work in the UK. Policies can start from as little as £6 per month and much in the same way all life insurance policies are different, so are dental care insurance policies.
Check what is covered and any excess amounts you are likely to pay. You can opt for an NHS policy to cover all of your NHS dental work, or you can choose a private plan meaning that you can go to a private dental practice, but not all work is covered. For example, you can get a partial pay-out for a root canal with a private dental practise but getting veneers in the UK may not be covered.
If you have existing healthcare insurance, always check to see if any mental work is already covered before taking out an additional cover.
Choose NHS Over Private
Many NHS dentists are also private dentists too, and the price you pay will depend on the type of work you have done and the tools and materials used in your care.
On the whole, NHS treatment will be cheaper than private dental care and is a good way of keeping dental costs down. However, waiting times can be much longer, and many patients in heavily populated areas of the UK find accessing an NHS dental practise near impossible.
Taking out a dental plan with your dentist can help you remove the need for finding large sums of cash to pay your bill at once. In most cases, you will pay a regular amount to your dental practise that will be used to pay off any bills you accumulate through treatment.
In essence, the best way to keep the cost of dental care down is to be proactive. Be in via your dental hygiene routine, regular appointments or forward financial planning.