Although the nation is technically out of the recession, effects of it are still being seen in many aspects of life and dental work is no exception.
According to data from the American Dental Association, in the years 2008 and 2009 there has been a decrease in the amount of money people spent on out-of-pocket for dental care. This is the first time that there has been a decrease since the data began to be tracked nearly 50 years ago. Some dentists are now trying new things in order to get patients back into the office.
New incentives such as longer hours and weekends may be offered and some offices are even offering free dental work on certain days. Avoiding dental problems may not seem like a big deal, but this could end up costing more money in the future.