Let’s be honest. Going to the dentist is not at the top of anyone’s list of favorite things to do, but we all know that it’s something very necessary. However, you need to be cautious about what dental work is recommended to you. Even though there are many wonderful and trustworthy dentists around, the reality is that there are some who may not be that way. For instance, if suddenly a dentist tells you that you need a few different treatments and procedures done that will cost you thousands of dollars – that is a big red flag! One reason for these types of scams may very well be due to high dental school tuition and debt. According to the American Dental Education Association, on average a dental school graduate in 1996 was about $112,000 in debt. While in 2013, graduates were in around $215,000 in debt.
To prevent dental scams, Infinite Dental Wellness has provided five important tips that will help protect your wallet and teeth.
Trust vs. Cheap. The cost of a dental treatment or procedure is important, but it’s equally important to trust your dentist and the work they do. Even if you find another dentist who is less expensive, make sure you do a little research on them. One way is by looking at online reviews about the dental office using Yelp or Angie’s List.
Shop Around. Once you receive an estimate from your dentists and if it seems expensive, don’t be shy about asking your dentist to explain the cost in full detail. If you’re still not satisfied with the cost, ask around for quotes from other dentist for the same treatment or procedure. It’s always wise to shop around to be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth.
Ask Questions. It’s important to be prepared for any dental work, so ask all the questions you need to beforehand. When you understand the reason and value of the treatment or procedure, you might not be stressed out, or surprised by the cost.
Referral. One of the best ways to find a dentist is through referrals from people you know. You want to walk into a dental office with confidence, especially when it comes to the dentist and their staff and how they sterilize their instruments. The person referring you will know the answer to those questions.
Prevention. You’ve heard it many times, but you should brush, floss, and use mouth wash every day to protect the health of your teeth. Also, be cautious of the foods you eat. For example, popcorn is not recommended as it creates lactic acid in your mouth. Something else not recommended is Soda due to its high level of sugar. Over time, plaque bacteria will use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel.