Oral health care in New Zealand has reached a turning point. Currently, the Ministry of Health promotes programmes to ensure that healthy teeth will last a lifetime. Children are eligible for free dental care through the Ministry of Health. After the age of 18, young people move into adulthood. Standing on their own two feet for the first time, going to the dentist can be low on the list of priorities. Without regularly visiting the dentist, problems can develop and quickly escalate into more difficult, and therefore more expensive to treat issues.
At Lumino we do understand that budget challenges and fear about the cost of emergency dental treatment can lead to avoidance. And that's where the problems tend to begin. Because the Ministry of Health doesn't subsidise adult dental care, once you've turned 18, dental care becomes fully funded by you. We do understand that can be a challenge for many - unfortunately it's something that's out of our control. And when you visit the dentist only if you're in pain, or in an emergency, it can hurt, and it can be more expensive. This can lead to even more avoidance once the problem is fixed, even when you know better.
Sometimes it's been years since you last visited the dentist. Perhaps you don't even have an electric toothbrush at home. Wherever you are now with your oral health care, it's a great time to start now with the right oral health habits at home and the support of your Lumino practice.
To save money on dental bills, make sure you've got good preventative care in place. There's three key parts to this:
Oral health habits at home. Make sure you brush your teeth thoroughly, twice a day, and floss daily.
Lifestyle changes. Try to avoid sweet food like lollies, cakes and ice cream. If you do, try to minimise the impact by not snacking between meals. If you're not near a toothbrush and toothpaste, make sure you rinse your mouth after with water, or chew some sugar-free dental gum.
Visiting the dentist often. Ideally you should have an Exam & X-Rays Check-Up once each year, and two hygiene treatments each year. When you commit to these optimal oral health treatments each year, your teeth are maintained and issues are stopped before they develop or become worse.
Visiting the dentist more often, to save money, can at first seem counter-intuitive. But if you've only ever been to the dentist because toothache has forced your hand, you've never experienced proactive and positive dentistry.
Prevention really is better than cure, when it comes to your teeth. And to prevent expensive problems, and save money, we've created the Lumino Dental Plan. You've only got one set of teeth. The Lumino Dental Plan helps you keep them your whole life. Research shows you will spend less in the long run on your oral health when you invest in preventative dental treatments.
What's included. The plan is an annual subscription, that costs less than $1 a day. It gives you three discounted treatments each year:
Saving money. As well as saving on your three treatments with your special discounted price, you also get 10% discount* off additional dental treatments, such as fillings, teeth whitening, and much more.
*10% discount excludes dental implants and orthodontic treatments.
^Research shows oral health prevention can reduce total dental health costs over the long term, due to the benefits of regular maintenance and prevention.