According to the National Association of Dental Plans, roughly 74 million Americans lack dental insurance. What are the 5 extremes we do when we can’t afford the dentist?
In this article, we’ll explore some of the top things people do when dental insurance is inaccessible due to the lack of funds:
- Skipping Dental Checkups – Most authoritative health boards recommend visiting the dentist at least twice per year to catch issues fast. This is known as preventative dentistry. Nevertheless, out-of-pocket costs for going to the dentist are still pretty high – especially for the uninsured.
- Missing Cleanings – Teeth cleanings are an important part of preventative dentistry. A dental care provider is able to provide hygeine instructions and recognize patients that may be susceptible to periodontal disease – and make a new plan of action to stop it in its tracks.
- Postponing Treatment – Anyone who has ever had a toothache knows it is rather painful. It’s not easy to shrug off the pain or wish it away. Yet, this is exactly what millions do every day due to the lack of affordable dentistry available. To mask the pain, many turn to over-the-counter medicines. When suggested dental treatments are postponed, however, issues typically become more challenging and costly to treat.
- Visiting the ER – When the pain becomes so unbearable that medical help is needed and there is no affordable dentist in town, some patients resort to going to a hospital. ER rooms, however, are not equipped to treat dental problems. For the most part, antibiotics and painkillers may be prescribed, but the pain ultimately persists.
- Heading to a Foreign Country – As most healthcare costs in foreign countries are usually less, some dental patients are finding travels overseas to a dentist more economical than visiting a local provider.
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