It may sound counterintuitive but scheduling regular dental cleanings is actually the best way to save money in the long run. In fact, every dollar invested in preventative dentistry saves you between $8 and $50. Save your teeth and your wallet by visiting Kuzma Advanced Dentistry in Wilmington!

Additionally, your dental hygiene affects your overall health. Therefore, investing in your dental health is the best investment you can make. When you’re on a tight budget, dental appointments are probably the last thing on your mind. However, skipping these appointments can cost you a lot more money than the appointments themselves. Even if you brush and floss regularly, dental cleanings are necessary for oral health.

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The Cost of Poor Dental Hygiene

We recommend seeing your dentist twice a year to prevent tooth decay. Without dental insurance, these trips to the dentist can cost on average $200 to $300. But, without these trips, you’ll pay a lot more for dental costs. The general rule is that the amount of decay affects the cost of your dental treatment.

Slightly decayed teeth result in cavities. Cavity fillings can cost an average of $200 to $300 each, about the same amount as a regular dental cleaning. However, if your tooth becomes infected, it requires a root canal. As a more intensive procedure, this costs an estimated upward of $1,000. Additionally, the crown to seal your root canal procedure can also cost anywhere to $1,000. If your tooth decay requires teeth replacements, dentures can range anywhere from $3,000 to $4,500 without insurance.

Regular cleanings also prevent bacterial infections like gum disease. Periodontal gum disease treatments can cost from $600 to $2,000 to restore your oral health. Alternatively, untreated gum disease results in negative consequences from bad breath to tooth loss.

Invest in Dental Insurance

With dental insurance or a dental savings plan, regular cleanings are either very cheap or covered. Furthermore, Kuzma Advanced Dentistry also offers CareCredit, a credit card that allows you to pay back your bill over time.

Check with your local providers to see how much dental insurance would be for you. Typically, an individual insurance policy is about $350 a year. For families, the cost of insurance goes up to about $550. For this price, you generally get all your cleanings, checkups, and x-rays covered or at a very low cost.

Insurance usually pays a percentage of other treatments so read carefully into your dental insurance policy. Most insurance policies will have a cap, or limit, at how much they will pay.

Another option to cover your dental hygiene is a dental savings plan. This low-cost option will cover 10 to 60% of your dental care.

Schedule an Appointment at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry

Here at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry, we want to ensure that your dental hygiene is up to par. Give us a call at (910) 392-6060 or schedule an appointment online to visit our dental office in Wilmington.