How Much Does a Dental Cleaning Cost 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 vs. what you would pay with 1Dental’s Care 500 plan.

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Learn more about the best savings at general dentists and see exact pricing in your area with the Care 500 plan. Or see the best savings at specialists with the Dental Access Plan(powered by the Aetna Dental Access network).

Why Do I Need to Get a Cleaning?

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

  • Prevent gum disease
  • Help 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 dental savings plan, such as the Careington 500 Series Dental Plan or Dental Access Plan (powered by the Aetna Dental Access network). See the table above for our best available savings through the Care 500 plan.

Note: For exact treatment prices in your area, please visit the Careington Care 500 plan price list and enter your zip code. Or visit the Dental Access Plan price estimates page for national prices.

Conclusion

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

Summary – Why is the Care 500 our best seller for cleanings?

  • See exact procedure prices online (not estimates)
  • Large provider list of dentists
  • Great savings at general dentists (and specialists)
  • Millions of members, in business since 1979
  • At an everyday low price – no gimmicks

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What members are saying:

"Love the savings! Dentist office quoted me a routine cleaning with X-rays for $242, paid $79 with Careington!"

- Connie N, OK


"...Last week I saved another $200 at my regular cleaning..."

- Charles M, TX


"...The cost is extremely low, and I can get my teeth cleaned and maintained as often as I want without worrying about the restrictions imposed by my normal plan."

- Gary M, TX


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