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Dental Care on a Budget Quiz
by Staff
Dentistry should be a pain in your mouth, not a pain in your wallet. Are you savvy enough to find good dental care at a good price? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

What is a common annual maximum that a dental insurance plan will pay for your care?

  • $500
  • $1,200
  • $2,500

What is a common monthly premium for adult dental insurance?

  • $50
  • $100
  • $200

Who said, "Happiness is having your dentist tell you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill"?

  • Yogi Berra
  • Mark Twain
  • Johnny Carson

The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist how often?

  • at the first sign of pain or sensitivity
  • every six months
  • annually

The American Dental Association recommends that people brush their teeth how many times a day?

  • once
  • twice
  • three times

Which of the following is not a coupon site on which you might find dentistry discounts?

  • Groupon
  • DenPons
  • Google Offers

Which of the following would a health savings account be most unlikely to pay for?

  • routine cleaning
  • fillings
  • teeth whitening

A dental discount plan is most like which of the following?

  • a box store membership
  • a college fraternity
  • the mafia

A CNN Money Magazine survey found that what percent of those surveyed had tried to negotiate a price with a dentist?

  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 40 percent

Of these people who tried to negotiate price with a dentist, about what percent were successful?

  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 60 percent

What is one useful way to maximize dental insurance?

  • Ask your dentist to write a receipt for more than the actual bill.
  • Split services across two calendar years.
  • Pair it with homeowner, auto and health insurance.

Where would you be likely to find basic dental care that charges according to a sliding scale based on your income?

  • dental hygiene school
  • dental school
  • community health center

Where would you be likely to find the cheapest basic cleaning, irrespective of your income?

  • dental hygiene school
  • dental school
  • community health center

Where would you likely find free, cutting-edge care for a few specific conditions?

  • dental hygiene school
  • dental school
  • dental clinical trial

Where would you be likely to find inexpensive dental care for all sorts of problems, irrespective of income?

  • dental hygiene school
  • dental school
  • community health center

What is NOT a likely drawback to dental care at a community health clinic?

  • long wait to schedule an appointment
  • may have to qualify with (low) income
  • Dentists may be uncertified and unsupervised.

Which is a likely challenge to participating in a dental clinical trial?

  • Trials may exist for only specific procedures.
  • high cost
  • Procedures in clinical trials may be performed by students.

Employer-sponsored dental insurance usually covers cosmetic procedures.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following is not a cosmetic dental procedure?

  • gum lift
  • dental implant
  • tooth reshaping

Like health insurance, if your employer doesn't sponsor dental insurance, it's usually a good buy to purchase a plan yourself.

  • true
  • false