How to afford private dental care
Posted by: Jodie Blades Diploma Level 3 in Dental Nursing
Medically reviewed by: Dr Anthony Lam BDS (Hons), MSc (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin)
Avoiding affordable routine dental check-ups can be a costly mistake
With NHS dentists facing a nationwide funding crisis and many households pondering ” how to afford private dental care “; we wanted to share the ways you can avoid costly treatments and give you some practical advice on making private dental treatments affordable.
1. Attend dental check-ups
Generally speaking, if you attend your dental check-ups as routinely as you are advised you will not need costly dental treatments. We are able to keep a close eye on any developing decay and gum disease which are the main causes of painful dental emergencies.
2. Visit the hygienist
Keeping your teeth scrupulously clean will all but eliminate the risk factors that cause dental diseases. Visiting the dental hygienist will remove the built-up calculus that you’ve missed at home, to keep gum inflammation to a minimum and will prevent any gum disease from worsening. It also gives us an additional opportunity to monitor the health of your teeth and catch anything that could lead to painful costly dental treatment before it does.
3. Drink more water
Staying hydrated is a great, free way of increasing your bodies defence against enamel-destroying bacteria! Saliva neutralises acids in your mouth that break down tooth enamel by washing away acidic residue from eating. When acid damages enamel, saliva repairs the tooth’s protective surface in a process called ‘remineralisation’. Remineralising your enamel well will protect you from developing dental decay and therefore more costly dental treatments.
4. Reduce your snacks
Further to staying hydrated, reducing the number of times your teeth are ‘attacked’ by the acids in foods will significantly reduce your risk of decay. Equally, limiting the number of sugary foods in your diet will prevent painful, expensive dental decay.
5. Teach habits early
Understand and education in what causes dental decay in the first place is a free way to prevent a lifetime of expensive dental treatments. Teaching your kids the importance of routine appointments and great oral health regimes will, in turn, reduce their need for costly dental treatments.
5. Pay Per Visit
Finance shouldn’t stand in the way of a healthy smile. If you do end up needing an emergency dental appointment or a costly treatment we want you to be able to afford great quality dental care without breaking the bank. We’re happy to break your treatment plan down into affordable appointments which can be spaced out as you need them. We’ll prioritise your dental health and discuss each and every option for all budgets with you and we won’t pressure you to make a decision on the day. No one wants to max out a credit card and have to worry about it later.
5. 0% Finance
We’ve scoured the credit lenders to find you the most sensible, affordable and sensible finance companies. We have a number of options from low and 0% APRs with little to no deposits. If you need to finance your treatment – that’s no problem. We’ll send you an application via email for you to apply at home- no obligation and again, no pressure.
5. Affordable Standing Orders
Free in-house finance; this option is typically reserved for orthodontics. Seeing as you’ll be visiting once a month for 12-15 months we spread the cost of your treatment, interest-free, over 10months. We set up a standing order with your bank for monthly payments, no hassle, no credit check – just a credit contract between yourselves and us.
5. Credit your account
You can use your dental account to accrue credit. If you’re aware of a need for costly treatment and need to be strict with yourself you can prepay ahead of time. We’ll happily credit your account with monthly payments for you to use on your dental treatments.
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