Recently we have taken a look at the cost of going to the dentist and the impact that has had on the state of New Zealand's oral health. For example, a check-up, a filling and a clean can cost up to $645 which is why The last National Oral Health Survey indicated that just 40 per cent of New Zealanders regularly go to the dentist.
Unfortunately, The implications of deferring treatment can be long-lasting and more expensive.
During our research into the cost of going to the dentist we came across the 2021 survey by Consumer NZ where they investigated the average price of a check-up in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury. We have added a link to the survey here so that you can read it too.
We thought that it would make a good companion piece to the other two articles we have published on The cost of adult dental care and Wiping the smile off New Zealand's working classes – tooth by tooth.
But remember we can help...
Take the pain out of paying the bill
That is why our Union Owners created HealthCarePlus, to provide low cost insurance to cover their members against the rising cost of keeping themselves and their families well and healthy. We can give you up to a maximum of $250 per year to look after your oral health.
Our Primary Care Extra and #care4U plan provides cover for up to $250 every year which includes dental examinations, x-rays, cleaning/polishing performed by a Dentist, Oral Surgeon or Dental Hygienist.
It also covers fillings and teeth extraction (excluding wisdom teeth) performed by a Dentist or Oral Surgeon, periodontic and endodontic treatment. Click below to find out more.