It’s National Smile Month and we want you to show off those pearly whites! That means taking care of your teeth. Some people may skip the dentist because they can’t afford the bill. But one of the best ways to avoid pricey procedures in the long run is to make it to your dentist twice a year. When problems are spotted early on, the fix is typically more affordable. Because we want everyone to have a smile they can be proud of, here are free or low cost dental care options.
Contact your state dental society
Each state has a dental association, which can let you know about low-cost care in your area. Visit mouthhealthy.org for complete contact information listed by state.
Get your teeth sparkling at a great price. A cleaning by a student can cost as little as $50. If you’re nervous to have a student work on your teeth, see if they offer faculty cleanings. It will cost a bit more but is typically still a substantial savings. Here is a list of accredited dental education programs in the U.S.
There’s a good chance, your child is covered
The Affordable Care Act requires that new health insurance exchanges offer dental plans for your children. Make sure you are aware of these potential new benefits on your plan.
Check out CHIP
If your plan doesn’t cover your child, check out the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). They provide free or low-cost health coverage (including dental) for eligible children up to the age of 19.
Seniors, look for special resources
If you’re 60 years or older, visit Tooth Wisdom. There you will find dental care resources by state. Resources include low-cost clinics, non-profit centers and dental schools.
Visit your local health center
Federally-funded community health centers are located across the county. Their free or low-cost services include dental care. Visit the HRSA website, to find a center near you.
Consider a clinical trial
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research sometimes seesk participants with specific dental, oral and craniofacial conditions for their clinical trials. As part of participation, you may get limited free or low-cost dental treatments. Search for clinical trials here. Or find all federally funded trial at clinicaltrials.gov.
Brush and floss
The key to low cost dental care, brush and floss regularly so you don’t develop pricey problems! Plus, you can commonly find coupons for items like mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss.
One more way to save on your dental care? Grab a coupon! We’ve pre-clipped some great coupons for toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and mouthwash! Stock up on your dental products with these great coupons.