By Susan Braden
The economy is not in the best place it has ever been right now. People continue to lose jobs, and the unemployment rate is rising to the highest we have seen in awhile. Unfortunately, some people are now even unable to keep their homes. If families do not even have a home to live in, how can they expect to afford important and necessary medical or dentistry procedures?
Current estimates note that over 100 million American are without dental insurance. This a serious issue to be concerned about, especially due to evidence that your oral health is intricately linked to your overall health and well-being. Many people seem to believe that they are not able to find cheap dental care in their community, or even in their state, but finding this care is possible.
Just because you lack insurance for you mouth, does not necessarily mean that you cannot receive the basic dentistry care that you deserve. Dentists across the country have seen this basic need and have organized clinics that offer affordable care for those who are having trouble finding a plan or insurance that is affordable. Here are some places where you can be able to find a dentist or group of dentists that offer dentistry services for little to no fee.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research typically performs trials for certain procedures, and they charge little to nothing if you participate in these trials. You can actually can look up trials in your area. Participating in a clinical trial is a great way to reduce dentistry costs.
Your local chapter of the United Way is a great way to locate free, or at least affordable dentistry work. You may want to look up your local chapter and contact them to locate an affordable facility in your area.
When dentists are still in training, they charge less for their services, and you can take advantage of the savings. Even though a student dentist may be working on your mouth, there should be an experienced, certified dentist close by who is mentoring the student. The American Dental Association has a list of the nearest dental schools to you available on its website. The ADA can also direct you to your state dental association, which may also be a valuable resource.
Most states offer some sort of emergency dentistry services to adults age 21 or over. However, if you are under 21, you will most likely be covered by your state’s Medicaid services. Just type in your state’s name and Medicaid at the same time into a search engine. You should be able to pull up state-recognized dentists who take Medicaid coverage.
Discount plans are another affordable way to save money on your dentistry. With these plans, you can select a provider from a list of network credentialed dentists to receive a substantial discount. These discounts may even cut your dentist bill in half.
These are valuable resources listed for you to find affordable dentistry in your area, which can even be free sometimes. With some good sense and a little internet research, you can find cheap dental care in your area.