No Dental Insurance in Washington, DC, It’s Common here and everywhere
The first time to a DC dentist office with no insurance can be intimidating, but more and more people are becoming self insured and overall dental benefits have not increased in 20 years. The American Dental Association (ADA) reported that in 2007 only one third of the US population made a trip to the dentist, even though it is widely accepted and recommended that one should have a dental exam twice a year. This is due in large part not only to the costs, but to the fear that many people share about dentists. Fear comes from not knowing, and thankfully with technology like small cameras and in-chair x-rays, dental exams have been made much easier, relieving the once maybe well-deserved fears of 25 years ago. If you don’t have dental insurance, it’s no problem in our Washington, DC office. The rates for dental exams vary, but with first time dental patients with no insurance, the rate is $99.00.
For an adult’s first visit to our Washington, DC dental office, we do a comprehensive review of your oral health and history. That first step is taken by asking the right questions about your overall health and more specifically your dental heath care and habits. With years of experience and the latest in dental equipment, we look for any signs of cavities, gum disease such as gingivitis, or any issues with bone disease. We will check your bite and jaw joints, and for any abnormalities in soft tissue. The dentist checks your face, neck, and mouth for any lumps, bumps or swelling, and any discolorations or ulcers on the lips and tongue. We will likely take a set of dental X-rays, as they play a key role in getting a more accurate look at your teeth and gums, and give us a benchmark for comparison on subsequent visits. This step is critical for long term care thereby treating what is necessary and what will be watched over time for any type of intervention needed before you develop a serious dental problem. After the dental exam, we will review with you any treatment plan that might be necessary, and before you’re finished in the dental chair go over proper teeth cleaning methods to avoid any problems in the future.