- Some dentists offer discount coupons for new patients for a cleaning, exam and X-rays for $40 -$90. Always check an unfamiliar dentist with the American Dental Association, the Better Business Bureau and consumer reviews on sites like Yelp. Some CostHelper readers report feeling pressured to pay for additional services when using a coupon for a low-cost teeth cleaning.
- Dental schools typically have a clinic offering discounted rates for services by supervised students or faculty. CostHelper readers report paying $15 -$50 for a standard teeth cleaning, exam and X-rays at a dental hygienist school (with some noting that their appointment took four hours).
The truly needy may also be able to get help in payment from charities or from low or free service from the dentist.
Then there is barter.
Removing those with no HS education, or who are single male or female parents from the statistics cuts the poverty rate to about 5%.