If you're uninsured, under insured or even unable to afford seeing a dentist, there is a chance that you can obtain dental check-ups and treatment for free. Most of the free programs offered appear to only target children because research has shown that dental care still remains the most common unmet need for children. However, there are free programs that will provide oral care to adults also.
Dentists state people often skip going to the dentist. This decision can lead to other serious health problems within the body such as diabetes and heart disease. Some people see dental care as a luxury and do not place the same importance on it as they do their health care.
Some of the problems related to people not being able to obtain oral checkups are not only because they are uninsured but because of distance, it's not affordable, unaware that free dental care is available and last, there are those that are just not willing to go. This article will discuss how to go about finding resources that can provide dental care for free or at a discount.
o Internet access would help because most people are not paying for paper delivery which would contain information advertising free dental care. You can keep up with your neighborhood events at your local library and use their computers to read the newspaper online. Additionally, if you are in an area where you do not have access to a local clinic or dental mobile station, you can do a search online for alternate locations.
o Check your state agencies for clinics that provide dental care or even area dentists that may provide free services. Because of the economy, some state run agencies are finding it hard to keep their doors open and sometimes neighborhood dentists have been known to step in and volunteer their time to provide essential services such as, cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited partial dentures.
o Dental insurance is an option, but usually this is something that has to be paid through an employer backed insurance plan and it can be expensive. The other option is signing up for a low cost discount dental plan which is a dental insurance alternative that can provide discounts of 10% to 60% on services. These types of plans have a large number of dentists in their network which means there shouldn't be any difficulty in locating a dentist in your community.