Make Informed Decisions Before Purchasing or Using Direct-to-consumer (DTC) Dental Appliances – Make sure to ask  your dentist or dental specialist if the appliance you are thinking about suits your individual oral health needs and that it’s considered within all aspects of your care. Examples of DTC dental appliances include bleaching kits, transparent aligners, occlusal splints, and anti-snoring devices. Dentists and dental specialists are best positioned to recommend the right dental treatment options for patients.

The Dental Exam – The exam consists, in part, of the dentist looking inside your mouth. In the past, you may not have ever realized an exam was taking place. Perhaps you thought the dentist was checking the work the hygienist had just completed.

How to Find a Dentist – Choosing a dentist and taking care of your oral health is a personal decision. You want a dentist you can talk to, learn from and feel good about visiting. It is best not to wait until a toothache or another emergency hits. Find a dentist as soon as you move to a new area.

Your Dental Health Care Team – Each member of your dental health care team plays an important role.

How Not to See Your Dentist (more than necessary) – Good preventive oral care at home can save you money—it can also save your teeth, freshen your breath, and improve your oral and overall health.

Understanding Co-payment – Co-payment—also called co-insurance—is the portion of the bill that is your own responsibility. It's the most common way for dental plans to limit their costs, thereby providing various plans with an assortment of benefits and price points for the purchaser to choose.

Are You Covered? – Like many Canadians, you may have a dental plan through your employer, union or provincial government. This fact sheet may help you understand your plan if you're paying for dental care on your own.