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Can I Claim Dental Procedures on My Taxes?

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One question that we often get around tax season is if patients can claim dental procedures on their taxes. The short answer is yes, but you must be aware of what types of treatments are exceptions.

What Is a Tax Deduction?

A tax deduction reduces the amount of taxable income you have and increases the amount of tax returns you receive from the government. In other words, the more viable claims you make, the more money you can get back from the government! Not including a tax deduction that you can claim means you’re missing out on getting back money you deserve.

Allowable Deductions

You can claim dental expenses on your taxes, but only if you paid for treatments that help prevent or remedy dental ailments. This includes cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, X-rays, fillings, extractions, braces, and dentures, for example. We offer all of these services at Savannah Dental Care, and since you should be seeing your dentist twice a year for examinations and cleanings, make sure you claim these expenses on your taxes!

What You Can’t Deduct

Cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening, which only enhance the look but not the health and function of your teeth, are not deductible. If you want a whiter smile but not sure if you can afford it, our team at Savannah Dental Care is happy to discuss our different financial options with you. For procedures that have both restorative and cosmetic applications, like crowns, it is best to discuss if you can claim then on your taxes with your accountant or a tax professional.

Haven’t seen your dentist in a while? Knowing that you can claim certain dental expenses should give you the extra push you need to plan a visit. At Savannah Dental Care, we offer extended hours and block appointments to make scheduling a breeze for you and your family, so schedule an appointment at our dental practice today!

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