• Robert P. Choi, DDS

Six Ways You’re Wasting Money On Dental Care



Break these bad habits so you don’t break the bank.

Not Brushing & Flossing Regularly

When it comes to dental care, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. If you haven’t already made a habit of brushing & flossing twice daily - start today! Already on top of it? Add a mouthwash rinse or water flosser to take your daily regimen to the next level. Just spending a few minutes everyday can avoid wasting money and time in the dental chair.

Missing Your Regular Exam and Hygiene Cleanings

Just like your car needs regular maintenance to avoid problems down the road, your mouth also needs a tune-up too. Coming in for your regular hygiene cleanings and exams every 6 months, helps keeps money from leaving your wallet. We can not only spot and treat early signs of tooth decay but also other issues like mouth grinding, oral cancer, and gum disease before they get worse.

Overindulging in Sweets

We’re not suggesting you give up your favorite snacks entirely, but enjoying sweets like most things is best done in moderation. Nursing a frappucino or snacking at all hours, keeps your teeth exposed to damaging sugars. Limit the damage by eating your treats right away or saving them for dessert after meals, then rinse with water or brush right after.

Delay Getting Treatment

Once you received a diagnosis it’s important to get it taken care of as soon as possible. As tooth decay or gum disease progresses, your treatment options shrink to more costly ones. What was once a simple filling can now require a much more expensive crown. Quickly addressing problems will only save you money in the long run.

Only Accept Treatment Your Insurance Covers

We only recommend treatment that we would choose for ourselves and our families. Our diagnosis is based on what we see in your mouth not your insurance coverage. And unfortunately insurances don’t cover all necessary treatment. Ultimately it is your decision on what treatment to accept, but we recommend you choose what is best for your health and not what your insurance covers.

Don’t Apply for CareCredit Financing

Spend less on financing your dental care by applying for CareCredit. CareCredit was especially designed to make healthcare more accessible. You’ll be able to break down your costs into smaller monthly payments, and interest-free for qualifying loans. You can finance your cosmetic makeover, braces, or We can walk you through the application process. Get approved in minutes.

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