Pricing and Costs of Dental Supplies
Find tips for cutting costs in your dental supply budgetThe pricing and costs of dental supplies varies greatly. Dentists use dental products as cheap as a 1/2-cent piece of floss to an expensive $65,000 X-ray machine. Therefore, budgeting and looking for a good deal is top priority for most in the dental profession.
In addition to using a wide price range of materials, dentists also use a wide variety of types of dental products. Some products, such as dental equipment, dentists use throughout their years of dental practice. Dentists throw away other dental products with the use of each patient. Therefore, one must examine the pricing and costs of dental supplies carefully and separately according to their use. When looking for ways to save money on your dental supplies, consider the following:
1. Do you use specialty dental supplies in your practice such as orthodontics or pediatrics?
2. Do you have room for storage of excess dental supplies?
3. Do you have a partner in your practice who can share the costs of large dental equipment?
Consider used dental equipment
Buy consumable dental products in bulkDue to good hygiene practices, dentists do not reuse many dental products. Therefore, dentists use a great deal of items such as picks, flosses, and brushes. Most dental supply companies offer discounts for purchasing these dental instruments and products in bulk. The more you buy, the more you save. Most companies will even allow free shipping on large orders. If you have storage space, buying in bulk is a great way to cut down your dental supply budget.
Contact dental supply representatives about free samplesMajor dental supply companies have representatives that push and advertise their products. Most of these companies give dentists free samples in hopes of making a sale. Contact a representative and ask about samples of brushes, flosses, pastes, picks, creams, and ointments. Many dental supply manufacturers give away samples as a way to advertise their products, and these samples can help your budget.
- When thinking about your dental supplies pricing and costs, consider your giveaway items as well as the items you use in your office. Most patients expect to leave with at least a new toothbrush. Major brand dental supply manufacturers will often give you samples or discounts to advertise their over-the-counter product.
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