The other day I received an email from an acquaintance who wrote in part, “Our insurance allows us two cleanings/check ups a year for only $5. I wouldn’t sacrifice our dental health for money however someone we know … is on our plan so I just switched to him. I haven’t seen him yet. The last dentist on the plan we went to, was awful. Before we got this plan, we had been going for years to our best friends … We only left them because even with the huge discounts they gave us, they certainly couldn’t come close to $5 a cleaning.”
I wrote back, “Unfortunately sacrificing your dental health for money is exactly what you are doing. Dentists on a plan need to sacrifice quality and cut corners (at the patient’s expense) in order to compensate for the poor reimbursement that they receive from the insurance company. You should go back to your family dentist who will look after your best interest. Going “on plan” may save you money in the short run but will cost much, much more in the long run. I have seen this time and time again – dental disasters that could have been avoided with quality care. At my Long Island dental office, quality comes first.