Twickenham Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Cook

How do I find the Right Dentist Near Me?

Finding an affordable, local dentist you can trust often means the difference between an ongoing battle with oral health challenges and having a healthy smile for life.

Here at Twickenham Family Dentistry, we want you and your family to have access to all the dental care you need to stay happy and thriving. We offer reasonably priced preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care in the 35801 area. 

Why Should I Stick with a Dentist Near Me?

While there is no official rule about who should be your dentist or how far you should commute for dental care, we recommend always choosing a dentist whose practice is close enough to your home to make getting treatment easy and convenient. 

When you’re looking for a dentist near you in Huntsville, you should consider sticking with the lower end of your “reasonable” maximum driving or traveling distance. The farther your dentist is from home, the easier it will be to make excuses about avoiding treatment or skipping your six-month cleanings and exams. 

Because regular visits to the dentist are a crucial part of your overall oral health, choosing a dentist near where you live or work will help you stick to your scheduled appointments and make it easy to come in for emergency dentistry should you ever need it. 

 How Can I Access More Affordable Dentistry?

The easiest way to keep dentistry affordable is to take care of your teeth and gums now so you can avoid expensive dental treatments down the road. By getting the essential dental maintenance you need now, you’ll keep your payments low and have fewer unexpected costs later in life. 

Thankfully, preventive dentistry is easy and inexpensive. The most critical at-home tools are a soft-bristled toothbrush (approximately $3), a fluoride toothpaste (approximately $3), a roll of floss (approximately $2), and a container of mouthwash (approximately $4). By spending between $10 and $15 on these supplies every few months, you can keep your teeth happy and healthy daily. 

When it comes to professional dentistry, it’s easier than you think to afford a healthy smile. Professional teeth cleanings typically cost approximately $150, and you only need to get one every six months. Most dental insurance plans will cover these preventive appointments at no additional cost to you, and we are in-network with most major dental PPO programs.

If your family doesn’t have dental coverage, you can either self-pay or enroll in our in-house patient appreciation plan. For an annual fee ($200 for one adult or a total of $500 for three family members), you will receive two dental cleanings and exams (which also include an oral cancer screening and any necessary x-rays), emergency dental evaluations, and 30% off all of our dental services. This membership plan is an easy way to make sure your family has access to basic, affordable dentistry in Huntsville. Please note we also accept interest-free CareCredit financing.

What Can I Do to Avoid Dental Emergencies, Root Canals, and Other Expensive Dental Costs?

While it’s impossible to prevent 100% of dental emergencies and tooth injuries, you can protect yourself against the majority of oral health problems by taking good care of your teeth and visiting your dentist in Huntsville regularly. 

Dental treatment can get expensive very quickly, and you’ll usually find yourself needing these costly services when you’ve neglected your mouth and let things get out of hand. Restorative dentistry, in particular, is very expensive—sometimes even with dental insurance. For example, the average cost of a root canal is anywhere from $500.00 to more than $1,200.00. Dental fillings are several hundred dollars, while dental implants typically run several thousand each. 

To keep your smile in excellent health, you should always:

  • Eat a balanced, tooth-healthy diet
  • Drink plenty of water and eliminate sugary drinks
  • Visit a dentist near you at least twice a year for regular cleanings
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Include an allowance for preventive dentistry in your budget—including purchasing the necessary dental supplies to have at home and saving up for semi-annual teeth cleanings
  • Call your dentist right away if you have a dental emergency or sustain an oral injury

If you’re ready to schedule a routine dental visit with an affordable dentist in Huntsville, AL, give Twickenham Family Dentistry a call today at (256) 539-4079. 

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