It’s time for back-to-school retail sales, health check-ups and kid-centric shopping lists for families to run around and check-off this month.
And just like bargain-hunting for lunch boxes and school supplies, parents can also find ways to save money at the dentist on their kids’ back-to-school dental appointments.
To help you maintain your family’s budget — and your child’s dental health care, which studies have shown impact long-term health and wellness — I’ve got 3 quick tips that can help you spend less at the family dentist:
1. Hey, Doc. Can We Talk Discounts?
Speak with your dentist to find out if there’s a way to save on your family’s dental care. They might be open to negotiating a discount if you have no dental insurance. Some dentists might also offer markdowns for your word-of-mouth referrals.
The Careington Care 500 Series offers 20 to 60 percent off most dental procedures, including routine oral exams and unlimited cleanings for all household members. And if now’s the time for your child to get braces, this discount dental plan at DentalPlans.com also gives you a 20 percent discount at orthodontists, pediatric dentists and oral surgeons.
3. Brushing Young
Preventive dental care for children starts with parents. There are a mouthful of ways parents can foster lifelong dental care habits to limit cavities and tooth decay down the road. For kid-friendly dental hygiene tips, check out the American Dental Association’s “ADA for Kids” section.
How do you save money on your family’s back-to-school appointments at the dentist? Share your tips and comments below.