Understanding your dental care costs and how you can reduce them

Understanding your dental care costs and how you can reduce them

Let’s face it: dental care costs are more expensive than we think. In fact, 4 in 10 people in Australia opt to postpone or avoid a visit to the dentist due to the fees needed, based on data by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Not only that, the total spent on dental services has reached $10.5 billion in 2017 to 2018.

But of course, dental services wouldn't balloon into a billion dollar industry if not for the small costs that added up. Whether you’re one of those who have high dental costs or you’re one of those who delays oral check-ups due to dental fees, we’re here to help.

In this blog, we’ve provided a round-up of current dental fees along with some tips on how to take care of your oral health, so you’d be able to reduce your costs in the long run. Read on.

How much does these dental services cost

Regular Check-ups

Based on the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) survey, a periodic check-up that includes an examination, scale and clean and fluoride treatment could reach an average of up to $215.

Scaling and cleaning alone costs $93 to $165. Fluoride     treatment fees gauge from $41 to $76 while the examination itself amounts to $41 to $76.

If you’re on a tight budget, look for the more affordable ones that fit the lower range we provided. The most practical ones will cost you around $160 for basic regular dental care. Beware of going for cheaper services as their quality might be compromised.

Also take note that price may vary depending on your location in Australia. Based on ADA’s survey, prices tend to be higher in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) while rates are more affordable in Southern and Western Australia.

Teeth whitening

We all want that perfect set of white teeth, but how much will you have to pay for it?

The actual cost for teeth whitening could range from $500 to $1500 depending on your state or location, the procedure you’ll choose as well as the condition and colour of your teeth.

If your teeth are still in good condition, it’s still best to take active care of them so you’d be able to reduce dental fees in the long run. 

How to reduce dental care costs

Maximise your work’s dental plan

Most employers offer a dental plan as part of their healthcare benefits. These plans typically cover X-rays, cleanings, basic procedures such as fillings and extractions. If you’re lucky, your employer could pay half or more of the premium costs for the dental plan. Talk to the human resources personnel in your workplace and learn how to either get one or maximise what they currently offer.

Check the nearest university dental schools

There are universities that charge 30 to 40% less than private dentists but you’ll be handled by supervised students. Don’t worry though as they can still provide excellent care.

Take care of your oral health

As they say, health is wealth. If your teeth are in good condition, then you need not worry that much about dental services fees. Take proactive care of your oral health and prevent any problems from arising.

How to care for your teeth so they’ll last longer

Never underestimate the impact of your oral health on your wallets. Along with getting a dental plan, consider the following practices to maintain good dental hygiene so you’ll need less dental services in the long run.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled brush with the combination of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily and wash with mouthwash to clean the areas that are not reachable by your brush.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or earlier if the bristles are worn. Stiff bristles of old brushes may cut your gums and lead to bleeding.
  • Schedule a regular check-up with your dentist.
  • If you feel anything unusual in your mouth, see a doctor immediately.

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