How expensive is a visit to the dentist really?

13. October 2010  
Filed in News

What is the cost of a regular examination at the dentist? This is a question many have difficulty to answer, shows a study by Epinion made for Tandlægeforeningen among 1.003 danes.

Many young people do not, that a regular study only costs 83 kr., when one is 18-25 years old, while adults over the age of 25 will pay 142 kr. A teeth cleaning costs 178 kr.
Among the participants in the study had each seventh not been to the dentist in the last two years. Of this group believed 47 per cent., to a regular dental examination costing more than dkk 300. Actually believed almost every fourth, that the price had to be over 400 kr.

Myths and guesswork
– It shows that the perception that it is expensive to go to the dentist, often based on guesswork rather than facts, especially among those who opt out of the dentist. There seems to have been built up a myth about tandlægernes rates, as they do not go regularly to the dentist, has been caught up in, says Susanne Andersen.

Susanne Andersen, President of the Tandlægeforeningen

The lack of knowledge for the price of a regular dentist, however 36 per cent. of those who have been to the dentist within the last two years.

– In Tandlægeforeningen we find it positive that a dental examination is significantly cheaper than many expect. But only if it helps to make the experience at the dentist even better. For if the erroneous perception of the price to get someone to keep away from the dentist, it is extremely unfortunate. The regular inspections have a deterrent effect and can help to detect any problems early, so that the individual can prevent both major dental procedures and great tandlægeregninger, says Tandlægeforeningens president, Susanne Andersen.

It is a problem that many young people are dropping the regular visits to the dentist, and it makes Tandlægeforeningen now something about the campaign tandfix.dkthat is targeted at young people of 18-25 years. The campaign must tell the young that it can have a big impact to drop the dentist visit, and that it is actually better to go regularly to the dentist than to let be.