How Much Does a Cleaning Cost Near Me without Insurance?

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Do you need a teeth cleaning but can’t pay for it without insurance? Cleanings aren’t typically too expensive, but they can be without dental insurance.

In this article, learn more about teeth cleaning costs, reasons for cleanings, types of cleanings offered (regular vs. deep cleanings) and how to save on this dental treatment without dental insurance. Then search for a dentist near you to get started.

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Teeth Cleaning?

A dental cleaning costs anywhere from $75 to $400 with no insurance depending on the age of the patient and the type of cleaning needed. Below are the average costs of dental cleanings.

Disclaimer: For the most up-to-date treatment prices in your area, please visit the 1Dental fee schedule and enter your zip code.

Average Cost of a Teeth Cleaning
Type of Cleaning Cost Without Insurance Cost with Dental Savings Plan
Child Cleaning $94 $32
Adult Cleaning $119 $39
Deep Cleaning (Four or More Teeth per Quadrant) $335 $117
Periodontal Maintenance $178 $72

Why Do I Need to Get a Cleaning?

Dentists recommend dental cleanings every six months for a number of reasons:

  • Prevent gum disease
  • Keep your teeth
  • Have a whiter smile
  • Prevent bad breath
  • Improve overall health

Below is some information about why your dentist might recommend a dental cleaning for you.

Prevent Gum Disease
  • Dentists can remove plaque that you have missed when you go in for regular dental checkups, which can prevent gum disease and keep your mouth healthy.
Help You Keep Your Teeth
  • If gum disease is left unchecked, plaque will move further into the tooth root and destroy the supporting bone, which can loosen teeth and make them fall out.
Give You a Brighter, Whiter Smile
  • Foods, drinks and bad habits like smoking can all stain your teeth. Having your dentist clean your teeth can help whiten them.
Prevents Bad Breath
  • They promote good oral hygiene, which is key to preventing bad breath.
Improve Overall Health
  • Dental health is tied to overall health. Taking care of your dental health will keep you healthy.

Types of Cleanings

There are a few different types of cleanings you can get at a dentist near you. It depends on your age and the health of your mouth. Here are the four types of cleanings:

  • Child Cleanings: Children should first see the dentist when they are one year old, or after their first tooth comes in. By the time they’re three or four years old, they will begin having cleanings. These cleanings are catered to the children to make them feel more comfortable. When children go in for cleanings, dentists will usually give their assessment of the child’s oral health and what needs to be done to improve it; they’ll also talk about orthodontic concerns if there are any.
  • Regular Adult Teeth Cleanings: For adults who have healthy gums, or even early gingivitis without bone loss, a regular adult cleaning is all that’s necessary. Your dentist will remove any plaque, tartar and bacteria and will polish your teeth.
  • Deep Cleaning—Scaling and Root Planing: If you have gum disease, however, a deep cleaning may be necessary. This cleaning involves scaling and root planing, which are methods used to clean between the gums and teeth down into the roots. Sometimes a local anesthetic may be needed to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth.
  • Periodontal Maintenance: This is another cleaning that dentists use to stop the progression of periodontal (gum) disease. During this cleaning, your dentists will remove tartar and plaque build-up above and below the gum line, get rid of any stains on your teeth and help improve your breath.

Need a periodontal cleaning?

Download our guide to learn what to expect and what to ask the dentist.

How Much Do Teeth Cleanings Cost with a Dental Savings Plan?

While prices for teeth cleanings aren’t too unreasonable, if you can save money, you’d probably like to, especially if you have to pay for cleanings for you and the whole family. There are insurance alternatives and different types of insurance that can help cut that cost for you. If you are without dental insurance, consider a discount dental plan, such as the Careington 500 Series Dental Plan. Here’s a sample list of prices for California, New York and Texas for cleanings with the Careington 500 Plan.

Disclaimer: For the most up-to-date treatment prices in your area, please visit the 1Dental fee schedule and enter your zip code.

Teeth Cleaning Cost with Careington 500 Dental Plan
(California, New York, Texas)
Procedure California Careington
New York Careington
Texas Careington
Child Cleaning $36 $36 $23
Adult Cleaning $45 $41 $31
Deep Cleaning $122 $127 $102
$71 $81 $65


With the significant amount of money you can save on dental cleanings, signing up for a discount dental plan, or another insurance or insurance alternative, can help make your regular dental checkups manageable.

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