It’s A Confusing World Out There. Here’s Some Advice for Dental Care for Adults Without Insurance
A recent study showed that an alarming 37 million people in the US do not have dental insurance. This leaves a dramatic amount of the population vulnerable to financial ruin for simply needing to see a dentist. Many Americans are in need of better dental care but have no easy, affordable access to it.
Dental Insurance Obamacare
Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does, have plans that offer dental insurance. However, the mandate is only for children and, unfortunately, does not have much available for adults (1).
There are very few plans that include dental coverage and the option is often not clearly lifted (1).
The Entire Process is Known to be Very Confusing.
Even if someone finds a plan with dental insurance included, the medical section of the plan may not workfor them (1).
Many people end up with an unfitting or incomplete plan.
There is also no option to add ACA dental coverage to an existing insurance plan from an employer (in nearly every state). So most people with existing medical insurance are disqualified from receiving any dental coverage from the government through Obamacare.
Dental Care With No Insurance
When seeking dental care for adults without insurance, there are a few options that each have drawbacks:
If there is a dental school in your area, some offer dental procedures that offer more affordable dental care for adults without insurance.
- Procedures are much cheaper than dental offices
- Students performing the procedures are supervised
- Students may not be as skilled
- Procedures can take up to three times longer due to the students’ inexperience (2)
Sliding Scale Dentist Offices
Some dentist offices and some affordable dentists offer dental services based on your income level rather than a fixed price.
- More affordable for lower income patients
- Not available everywhere
Charitable Medical Clinics
Some charities like United Way offer free or very cheap dental services throughout the country.
- Affordable dental care
- Charitable dentists and staff
- Difficult to qualify for
- Typically very long approval process and wait time (2)
- Not available everywhere
None of these options seem ideal. Many people are caught in the middle. They’re employed and make enough so they do not qualify for these services, but still struggle to pay for the dental care that they need. Procedures, especially ones that are cosmetic, can be tens of thousands of dollars!
Emergency Dental Care Without Insurance
Most emergency rooms can help minimally with dental care for adults without insurance. But in most cases, emergency room doctors will simply temporarily stop the problem and prescribe medication for the patient’s pain. Emergency room doctors will then send patients to a dentist for reconstructive procedures that emergency rooms are simply not set up to do.
What You Can Do Before You Have A Problem
Experts suggest a few things to maintain dental health without dental insurance.
First, you can practice exceptional dental hygiene. Brush your teeth and floss every morning and evening. You can even go to more extreme teeth cleaning measures like this Brighter Image Lab tooth polisher that cleans your teeth more thoroughly like hygienists do in dentist offices.
Secondly you can set aside money each month to save up for expensive dental check-ups or dental emergencies.
Finally, you can make use of discounted options, like the dental schools, or the dental offices and affordable dentists that offer sliding scale fees (that we discussed above). Another great option for a discounted option is Brighter Image Lab!
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