When most individuals visit a dentist for a routine cleaning, they are generally inspected by the dentist to ensure that their teeth are in good shape, and once the dentist has examined those teeth, often a hygienist takes over for the cleaning.
But were you aware that you can actually visit an independent hygienist and save on dental fees?
Today, we’ll explain the differences between the two and tell you how to stretch your dental maximums to get the most value from them. And for those who may not have health and dental insurance, we’ll how you how to save some money while taking care of your teeth.
While these two healthcare providers operate in the same industry; a hygienist primarily focuses on basic dental practices such as cleanings, while a dentist typically handles more complex dental issues. These included but are not limited to procedures such as fillings, root canals and identifying situations where a patient may require additional care such as crowns, dentures, or braces.
For those interested in lowering their dental costs, while still providing care for their teeth, one strategy to consider is to stagger your visits between dentists and independent hygienists.
While it’s important to have your teeth examined annually to ensure their overall health, you can save money on a simple routine cleaning by avoiding the dentist and visiting an independent hygienist.
On average, you will pay around $100 a cleaning with a hygienist versus $200+ for a cleaning with a dentist. These costs are based on basic cleanings, as you can see the differences in cost is quite significant.
Making the choice of getting your teeth checked at an independent hygienist you will not only allow you to get your teeth cleaned and see if there are any major issues requiring a dentist visit, but you are also saving money. Although seeing the dentist is not a bad thing, seeing a dentist for serious teeth issues can be seriously costly and lead to quite the dent in your bank account.
For this reason alone, it is smarter to bite the bullet and get your cleanings done at an independent hygienist at least once every six months. It is better to take advantage of the maximum you are given each year rather than letting the extra money go to waste since it does not transfer over to the next year. Even if you think you do not have any issues with your teeth, get them checked out and try to ensure you use up your yearly coverage.
Having healthy oral health is one of the key factors in thriving in your life. One of the first things people notice about you is your teeth, so you better take care of them!