Nobody hates a healthy smile. The unfortunate thing is that dental care is usually very expensive. The good thing is that there are number of things that you can do to have a healthy smile without blowing your budget. Here are some of the things that you can do:TriageIf you have many dental procedures that need to be done, you should ask your dentist to perform the procedures that are of importance first, and put off the less important ones for a later date.When your dentist knows that you are on a tight budget, he may recommend cheap temporary fixes that can hold you while awaiting the real procedure. This tends to save you a lot of money.Purchase a dental discount planIf you are employed and your employer doesn’t offer dental insurance, or the premiums are too high than you can afford to pay, you should consider getting a dental discount plan. This is a plan that allows you to access dental care at discount prices.To access the plan all you need to do is to pay a small fee (usually around $100) and you are able to receive dental care at low prices.Ask for a cash discountMany dentists are always ready to give cash discounts; therefore, you should not be scared to ask them for one. The reason why dentists are always open for cash discounts is because by paying in cash you tend to save the dentist credit card fees and billing hassles.To make it hard for the dentist to reject your request, you should emphasize that you want to pay the full amount at the time of the service.Go to a dental schoolIf you live within a dental school, you should consider having all your dental work and cleanings done at the school. Cleaning is usually done by students (under the supervision of instructors). The work can also be done by instructors themselves.Since schools are not after making profits, you will most likely pay just a fraction of what you would have paid somewhere else.Tap your FSAFSA is an acronym for flexible spending account. This is an employer sponsored benefit that allows you to pay your medical expenses on a pre-tax basis. FSA comes in handy when you are planning of incurring medical expenses that are not covered by your regular insurance cover.Brush and floss regularlyYou tend to save a lot of money by simply brushing and flossing your teeth. This is because this eliminates visits to your dentist. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day.