While we want to avoid cavities as much as possible, sometimes cavities happen. Since cavities are possible in children (and adults) of all ages, you might be wondering, “How much does it costs to fill a cavity?” Today we’ll explore the answer to that question as well as how to help prevent cavities in your children.
The Cost of a Cavity
The cost of a cavity can be slightly different based on your dental insurance, the type of filling, the amount of cavities, the intensity of the cavity in question, and the location of the teeth affected. All that said, according to the American Dental Association you can expect to pay somewhere between $140-200 in addition to any costs incurred for your initial visit to the dentist. However, if you choose to have your child’s tooth filled with a precious metal, that price can be multiple thousands of dollars.
The Hidden Costs of Cavities
In addition to financial costs, cavities can cost you and your family time and stress. Firstly, time needs to be taken to take your children to the dentist to have the procedure done. For some families, this is costly time, especially if both parents are working outside the home. Plus, kids may miss valuable school time for length dental procedures. Secondly, your child might experience stress before or during the procedure – and this stress can have its own ramifications.
Preventing Cavities in Children
While some children are more prone to cavities than others, it’s important to take steps to help your child prevent cavities from an early age. If not to save time and money, to help promote good dental hygiene for life.
There are several ways you can help set your child up for dental success. Make sure they brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with a child-friendly fluoride toothpaste. Encourage flossing once a day, too, and teach them how to get to those hard-to-reach places. Finally, promote more healthy snack choices and help them understand how foods can impact their dental health.
Tooth Fairy in a Box
The road to good dental hygiene isn’t a hard one. But children need the support of their loved ones to get there. If you need a place to start, consider Tooth Fairy in a Box. It includes everything you need to set your child up for dental health success – and makes taking care of their teeth fun and exciting.