Dental care and the average budget
Data shows about 74 million Americans don’t have dental coverage. That’s almost a quarter of the total population. For those men, women and children, even minimal preventive care can be cost prohibitive, leaving them open to much more serious problems, like deep infections, tooth loss, significant pain, nutritional deficiencies and systemic health problems. Tooth pain and related dental problems can interfere with school and work and make people less likely to take part in social activities, resulting in self-esteem problems that can follow them throughout their lives.
In fact, studies show the cost of dental care is a major reason why so many people wind up skipping routine cleanings and preventive care, along with fillings and other restorations with their family dentist. While you might think skipping dental care is the best option for your budget, over time small problems can compound, developing into major issues that can cost hundreds or even thousands to fix. Some studies suggest untreated oral health issues can take a toll on your overall health, increasing your risks of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and even some types of cancer.
With so much at stake, it’s important to look at all your options when it comes to paying for dental care, so you can get the important treatments you need to prevent serious problems in the future. And that’s what the Reasons to Smile Club it all about.
Top-quality care you can afford
Most people don’t think twice about paying for subscriptions to cable, internet or streaming services like Hulu or Netflix. The Reasons to Smile Club is like a subscription for better oral health. For one affordable, annual fee, you can enjoy membership in the Reasons to Smile Club for yourself and for every member of your family. What does your membership include? Plenty. All members get free exams, free X-rays and free routine cleanings twice each year — the most important preventive care options offered by dentists. Regular exams and cleanings are the best way for your family dentist to spot problems like cavities or gum disease in their earliest stages, when treatment is easiest — and cheapest. Routine exams also check for oral cancer, and X-rays look for problems below the gum, including infections and other issues you can’t “see” with your eyes.
Without dental insurance, a comprehensive dental exam, X-rays and cleanings can run upwards of $350. Since the ADA recommends twice-yearly exams and cleanings, that can add up to over $700 a year — nearly FOUR TIMES the cost of a single annual membership of $199. Right off the bat, you can potentially save close to $500 just for the cost of preventive care — services you need to have every year anyway. Plus, you can add additional family members for just $99 for significantly more savings. And since routine cleanings, exams and X-rays can help prevent more serious oral health issues from developing, your overall savings can be much greater
Beyond those important preventive care options, membership in the Reasons to Smile Club also entitles you to 20% to 75% off the cost of all other services, including restorations and even cosmetic treatments, like beautiful porcelain crowns. Considering most dental insurance plans don’t pay anything for cosmetic treatments, that’s a major savings that can have you looking and feeling your best at a price that makes your budget happy, too.
Subscribe to better oral health
Joining the Reasons to Smile Club can save you hundreds of dollars every year you’re a member and maintaining good oral health can save you lots more down the road. Plus, having a beautiful, healthy smile can help you feel better about yourself and your appearance. That’s a lot of value for one low, annual membership fee. Make 2020 the year you do something good for yourself and your family. Remember: A little investment in better oral health now can pay off big in the future. To learn more about the Reasons to Smile Club, check out our membership page or click here to book an appointment today.