Services are offered for a reduced rate, including $12 for a new patient oral health screening and $40 for an adult cleaning with fluoride.
-Georgia Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Clinic
NC Building, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody. 770-274-5140. depts.gpc.edu/~gpcdh.
Services include an exam, teeth cleaning, fluoride and X-rays at a cost of $40 for adults ages 19-59.
The thought of shopping around for dental care may seem a bit unusual, but costs do vary. Check sites such as Brighter or Fair Health Consumer for an idea of how much area dentists charge for particular services. You'll still want a dentist with a good reputation and reviews, of course, but you can save money by comparing costs.
In addition, if you're able to pay cash, some dentists offer a discount that can range from 5 to 10 percent.
Use a deal site
If you need basic services, look on a deal site like Groupon or Living Social for dental services in metro Atlanta.
You'll find a lot of teeth whitening deals, which may not be your top priority, but you'll also usually see packages that cover services such as cleanings and X-rays.
Visit a low-cost or no-cost clinic
Metro Atlanta has many clinics that provide income-based dental care, including the following:
-Good Samaritan Health Center
Atlanta, Marietta, Norcross locations. goodsamatlanta.org, goodsamcobb.org and goodsamgwinnett.org.
-The Family Health Center of Georgia
Atlanta, Marietta locations. 404-752-1400. fhcga.org.
-Sweetwater Valley Clinic
4485 North Town Square, Suite 108, Powder Springs. 678-398-6548. chcaustell.org.
-DeKalb County Board of Health
5 locations. dekalbhealth.net/hs/dental-health.
Multiple Atlanta locations. mercyatlanta.org.
-Ben Massell Dental Clinic
700 14th Street NW, Atlanta. 404-881-1858. benmasselldentalclinic.org.