Quality dental care can be expensive. During tight economic times, it is even more of a stretch as people’s mindsets become conservative and budgets become leaner.
How do you ensure that your teeth remain healthy and your dental visits don’t break the bank?
Prominent New York Dentist, Dr. Lee Gause, DDS offers four tips on dentistry during a recession:
Don’t Skip your Cleaning!
Recessionista-chic includes taking care of your teeth. Cleaning is great example of an inexpensive treatment that prevents problems from developing. Many patients will put off cleanings and let problems develop into more costly problems. For example, if a patient has a small cavity (cost: $400 for a filling) and allows it to grow, it could easily become a tooth needing a root canal and crown (roughly $3,000 procedure).
Yes, Over-the-Counter Does Work
Some over the counter whitening treatments are relatively effective. The most effective whitening is an in-office whitening treatment, but if a patient simply needs to whiten their teeth only a few shades, Crest White Strips and Listerine Whitening Rinse are two good over the counter products.
Floss, Floss and…Floss
Flossing removes the bacteria that escape the toothbrush by hiding in the tiny spaces in between teeth. Brushing without flossing is like washing only 65% of your body. The other 35% remains dirty!
Put your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Payment Plans are a Great Option
For cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, or porcelain veneers, payment plans are often tremendously useful. Care Credit is a GE company that gives 12 month interest free loans to people that are interested in dental procedures. This allows patients to space out payments and not pay large sums of upfront money for dental work.
Dr. Lee Gause, DDS
Dr. Gause’s dedication to superior dentistry is evident not only in patient care but through his credentials, awards won and continued education. As a member of various dental associations including the ADA, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, International College of Oral Implantologists and New York Invisalign Study Group, Dr. Gause continues to educate himself in the latest technologies and procedures.
Dr Gause is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including “2006 Recognition for Lecturing to Young Dentists,” presented by Health and Hospitals Corporation, “Oral Biology Award,” from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and “Graduating Dentist Award: Exemplary Character and Highest Level of Clinical Skill” and “Best in Residency Award,” given by Howard University