Affordable Dental Care for College Students

Affordable Dental Care for College Students
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    The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) provides health insurance options, but it does not include dental insurance.

    Trips to the dentist shouldn't be suspended simply because you are in college, but it is a cost that many students simply cannot afford to bear.


Dental care options for college students.

You do have some low-cost options that can keep your teeth white and your gums pink. Let’s take a look at what those options are.

Dental Schools

Does your college have a dental school? If so, they’ll have a public clinic where dental students work practice on their patients. No worries here — the budding dentists are supervised by faculty, dental experts themselves that oversee the work.

Fees vary from school to school, but are typically a fraction of what your dentist charges. Moreover, most will offer comprehensive services, extended hours, and a location that can’t be beat: on your campus. And you don’t have to worry about old equipment either — college dental schools are typically outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

Your school doesn’t have a dental school? Check other nearby colleges for those that do — you don’t need to be a student, but you may have to make an appointment.

Dental Clinics

Not all dental clinics are tied in with colleges and universities. At least not directly. Some are run directly by non-profit organizations including churches and provide services for free. Others will accept donations or charge you a sliding fee based on what you can afford.

Your college may be able to refer you to a dental clinic, otherwise check the Internet for a nearby clinic. Clinics offer standard services including teeth cleaning and tar removal, the filling of cavities and, yes, the removal of your wisdom teeth.

Clinical Trials

What if your dental problems are ongoing, such as grinding teeth or gum problems? You may be eligible for clinical trial, one where researchers will evaluate, diagnose screen, and treat what ails you.

Typically, this is a multiphase approach that involves several visits to evaluate how you respond to the trial. You may be given different doses of medicine or outfitted with a dental device to fix your problem. What the researchers want to do is compare the results and discover what solutions are the best and most cost effective.

Dental Insurance

Does you college offer health insurance for its students? Is dental insurance included? If so, then you have a low-cost alternative at the ready. Even if dental insurance is not available, your college’s health clinic may be able to provide a referral to a dentist that will charge you based on your ability to pay.

Don’t put off regular cleanings and never ignore a dental problem — your health could be compromised.


If you are experiencing a dental emergency, notify your college’s clinic. You may be taken to a dentist’s office for treatment. Pay what you can and when you can, but don’t ignore the problem or a more serious health crisis could emerge.

See AlsoWellness Advice for College Students


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