Are You Getting Ripped Off By Your Dentist?

13753562-thief-in-the-cityHave you ever been to a dentist appointment for a routine check up and cleaning, only to be told about thousands of dollars in other procedures your dentist thinks you need?  In an article by Kiera Butler, on MotherJones.com, she asks the question “Are you getting ripped off by your dentist?”

The American Dental Association has described this trend as “creative diagnosis” and it is becoming more apparent in recent years. Many dentists may be up-selling dental procedures in order to collect more from the patient or insurance.  Studies have shown that dentists nowadays owe almost double the amount in student loans as in years past.  Could this be the reason?

So what should you watch out for at your next dentist appointment? Beware of specials. You may see an ad for a laser dentistry whitening package that seems like an awesome deal.  This could just be a ploy to get you in the door so dentists can up-sell.  Also, watch out for excessive x-rays. If your dentist recommends special x-rays, like the cone beam x-ray, you may want to get a second opinion since it is a more expensive type of x-ray. Trust your gut. If you feel you’re your dentist is going overboard on treatment, always get a second opinion.  It may cost you a little more for another consult, but could save you a whole lot in the long run.

You can read the full article by Kiera Butler from MotherJones.com here:  Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off?