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A visit to the dentist always involves costs. But what exactly do you pay for and what do the different components cost? We list a few things for you, so you won’t be surprised the next time you get a bill from the dentist. In addition, some brushing tips follow to help you take good care of your teeth yourself and avoid a high bill.
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The check-up dentist fees are the same at every dentist. This is because these costs are set by law. Regardless of whether you go to a dentist in Amsterdam or Maastricht, the rates are the same. For example, if we are talking about a periodic dental check-up, you pay €25.27 for this. This only involves a check-up to make sure everything is in order with your teeth. All other work involves extra costs.
If you take a look at your dental bill, you will probably see all descriptions and codes on it. Besides the standard costs for the six-monthly dental check-up, we then talk about costs for fillings, teeth cleaning and much more. Codes starting with a V always have to do with fillings, while codes with an M relate to preventive oral care. Codes with an X always have to do with taking photographs, while the C stands for consultation dentist fees. For extensive treatments like root canal treatment, another E is then used with the code.
Keep in mind that the costs for each treatment are the same for each dentist. However, different dentists may use these codes differently and charge a cheaper treatment, for example. Often, a dentist will also take photographs. Here, too, costs vary. A small X-ray normally costs €37.27, but larger photos are charged more.
There are some people who want to save on dental costs by not going to the six-monthly check-up. This is a bad idea, as the state of your teeth can quickly deteriorate. Small problems with your teeth then go undetected and can grow into bigger problems. The result is then not only toothache, but also that you actually face bigger costs!
A good way to avoid high dental costs is to take good care of your teeth. There are all kinds of products for this. Brushing your teeth properly with a high-quality toothpaste is a start, but you can find much more besides. Think about toothpaste tablets, bamboo toothbrushes, an electric toothbrush, tartar remover, dental floss and much more. Treating your teeth well with these is a huge support and also helps avoid extra costs at the dentist.
*The above information is based on oral care in the Netherlands
Frequently asked questions
What does a check-up at the dentist cost?
A dental check-up costs €25.27 as standard. These are the standard costs for a periodic check-up, which are the same at every dentist in the Netherlands. You will find the cost of this check-up on your invoice under the code C002.
What are common costs at a dentist?
What other costs do dental visits entail? Consider, for example, taking an X-ray, having your teeth cleaned, or filling cavities. However, you can count on there being many other different treatments and associated costs when you go to the dentist.
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