Sunday, April 5, 2009

Saving money at the Dentist

For many of us who are self employed, we do not have the luxury of dental insurance. This becomes a problem whenever we take the family to have our teeth cleaned. For years, we would take our children to our local dentist every 6-8 months for routine cleanings, sealants, x-rays etc. Each time we went, our bill was over $500! That added up to over $1000 per year. A friend of mine who is a Dental Hygienist shared the BEST KEPT SECRET about saving money at the dentist. She told me about Salt Lake Community College Dental Hygiene School!! (There are many Dental Hygiene schools that do the same thing- just google "Dental Hygiene Schools" in your area). For the last 3 years, we have faithfully gone to the college where the students perform the dental services. Each procedure is checked off by the professor, and honestly, I feel we get a much better cleaning there, than at the regular dental office. At the end of the visit, the dentist comes in and goes over everything with you as well. The one drawback is that we are there for about 2 1/2 hours. Yes, they are a bit slower, but well worth the price. If you do happen to have a cavity, they give you the x-rays to take to your dentist. They don't fill them there.

The TOTAL COST for my family of 6 is only $15.00!!!

This includes x-rays, cleanings, sealants, flouride treatments, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and Crest mouthrinse. My husband even had a procedure of rootscaling that would cost $600 at the dentist. Yes, this was included in the $15.00.

For us it is definately worth the 45 minute drive, and the 2+ hour visit.

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