How can I reduce my dental expenses?

A model of a tooth sitting next to a jar of coins.

Many of us prioritize spending more on household expenses, from housing to rent, transportation to food and groceries, utilities to cell phone bills, and spending a lot on dental care is a luxury few can afford.

However, if you are interested in improving your dental health, there are a plethora of ways to reduce dental expenses and get the quality dental care that you deserve.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best ways to reduce your dental expenses.

  1. Practice Preventive Dental Care

    One of the simplest ways to lower your dental expenses is to practice preventive dental care, and much of it starts with you.

    You should brush your teeth at least two times a day using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. You might want to ask for your dentist’s recommendation on the right toothbrush and toothpaste for you. Also, you should floss every day and use mouthwash to get the food out of your mouth.

    For your food choices, it is best to avoid acidic foods that can harm your enamel and hard foods that could damage your teeth. Moreover, eating a balanced diet helps promote healthy gums and ensure optimal oral health.

    If you practice preventive dental care, you can avoid the effects of cavities, enamel loss, gingivitis, and periodontitis. It not only prevents you from developing dental problems but also helps you save money that could have been spent on treating such problems.

  2. Get Dental Insurance

    Manage your dental costs by getting dental insurance. Most dental insurance plans, whether partial or full, cover basic dental care and procedures. Doing so will prevent you from getting stuck paying out-of-pocket for all your dental expenses. It’s a sure way to have access to dental care when you need it.

    You can get coverage for dental issues such as teeth cleanings, dental x-rays and exams, orthodontics, bridges, dentures, and crowns.

    And if you’re eligible, you can apply for the interim Canada Dental Benefit, which is dental coverage that’s intended to help households earning less than $90,000 per year. It can be used to pay for any oral health service that is done by a licensed oral health professional or dental hygienist.

  3. Shop Around

    Prices for dental care services may vary from one dental clinic to another, even within the same area or community. So you may be able to save money on your dental costs by shopping around for the most reasonable price.

  4. Do not skip visits to Centrum Dental Centre

    Visiting the dentist may be an uncomfortable or intimidating experience for you. And it could be tempting to skip your scheduled appointment due to nerves or fear, but we advise that you don’t.

    It is recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning, even if nothing’s wrong or nothing hurts. If you don't skip your dentist appointments, you can avoid problems like cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

    So, if you’re overdue for a dental checkup, don’t procrastinate anymore. Call Centrum Dental Centre at for new patients or at > for existing patients.