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How Much Does a Dental Cleaning Cost?

By Caroline Jacobson on October 10, 2017 in Insurance


how much does a dental cleaning cost

How much you’ll pay for a teeth cleaning varies depending on a number of factors. But how much does a dental cleaning cost? Here’s what you can expect based on your specific situation:

You don’t have dental insurance.
$80-$100

Between the hygienists’ time, instruments, and polishing, there’s a lot of work that goes into a dental cleaning! And without coverage, it’s going to cost you. However, some dentists may be willing to give you a discount or set up a payment plan.

You have dental insurance.
$0*

Because dental cleanings are considered preventive care, most plans cover them at little or no cost to you. *But remember to check your coverage for details, as plans vary.

You have a dental discount plan.
$40-$60

Dental discount plans work with dentists who charge reduced fees for routine services, like cleanings.

A routine visit to the dentist can also include other services, such as x-rays or an oral exam by the dentist. 

Regardless of your insurance situation, it’s important to see the dentist for regular cleanings. During routine visits to the dentist, you may also receive a dental exam and x-rays. Check out our price estimator tool to find out what dental treatments cost. Dentists can detect problems before they start, thus saving you money on costly dental procedures down the road.