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Dental Care During a Recession

Economic recessions are tough on our wallets, our families, and yes, even our teeth. When employers downsize, many not only lose their jobs, but also their insurance benefits.

With money tight, taking care of one's health is not often a front burner issue. When you have to pay cash for visits to physicians and dentists, those routine checkups can fall by the wayside.

Patients should remember, though, that health care can be modified at times to better meet your financial needs. A partial fix for your health care problem may be better than no fix at all. Such discussions should occur regularly between the health provider and patient. Communication should always be part of a healthy doctor-patient relationship. For example, a person who needs a crown on a tooth may be able to "get by" with a restoration (dental filling) as a temporary fix, it might not be the best treatment, but it may help the patient until they can afford to upgrade.

When money is tight, some dental care is better than no care at all. Keep in mind that spending $100 for a dental cleaning, xrays or a dental filling now may save you several thousands of dollars down the pike. Small decay areas can turn into big root canal and crown procedures if left unattended. The key is catching the decay early.

Of course, meticulous home care is the best way to keep dental costs at a minimum. Brushing and flossing, coupled with healthy eating habits are good skills for any economy.


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