How do I minimise the amount I pay for dentistry?

  1. Ensure that you maintain your teeth and gum health by flossing daily and brushing morning and night using fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Visit your dentist at recommended intervals for a check up. For most people this will be approximately every 6 months, although it may be sooner if you have problems that require more frequent monitoring. When a problem is detected early, it can usually be addressed before it develops into a more complex problem that requires more drastic or expensive treatment. A regular check up maximises the chance of detecting problems early.
  3. Discuss your treatment with your dentist. For any dental problem, there are usually multiple treatment options available, all of which will have different costs. At Goodwood Dental, we will give you the information you need to make an informed choice about the most suitable treatment for you, including costs and pros and cons of each available option.
  4. If you are paying for Extras cover, ensure that you are receiving value for money. Remember that although you may be penalised for not holding Hospital cover, that does not apply to Extras cover. Private Health Insurance companies are making margins of up to 22% on Extras cover which is funneled back to their overseas parent companies or shareholders. The reality of this statistic means that many families and individuals are likely to be hundreds of dollars a year out of pocket by having Extras cover, effectively paying in advance for dental, physiotherapy and other ancillary health care that they are not using. Though it may be clever marketing, a free check up every 6 months is unlikely to be adequate compensation for the ever-growing premiums that you are charged for Extras cover. Also consider that when high cost treatments (e.g. crowns or implants) are required, Extras cover will generally only rebate a small portion of the total cost. You may be one of the many people who would be financially better off to stop paying Extras cover premiums and instead pay their dental and other ancillary healthcare costs directly.