What You Need To Know About Dental Care For Expats In Haarlem.

Roughly 25.7% of the Haarlem population are foreign expats. There’s many important aspects to take care of when you move to a new country and dental care is no exception. Looking after your teeth is important and, fortunately, the Netherlands has some of the most affordable dental care out there. Expats need to take out dental insurance, which covers at least 75% of most routine treatments (such as, regular check-ups and cleaning). More complex treatments, however, will need to come out of your own pocket.

What does dental insurance cover?

Dental care is covered in basic health insurance (basispakket) for only those under eighteen — which is great if you’re coming to Haarlem with children. However, supplementary insurance can cover up to 75% of the treatment cost — typically for treatments totaling 250 euros or less. So, insurance usually covers routine checks and small fixes, but not more complex cosmetic work. Check the terms and conditions to find out the exact coverage of any insurance policy. The good news is the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) has set standard prices for dental care, so there’s no price difference between different dentists.

How much does treatment cost?

Here’s what you can expect to be charged on average for dental care in Haarlem. A regular checkup costs €21.00; a small X-ray pic costs €30.94; and a five-minute tooth cleaning session costs €12.39. But, of course, patients need to undergo more invasive treatments from time to time and may also need cosmetic dental work. If you need a four- or multi-level filling, you can expect to pay €88.41. Alternatively, a single crown costs €243.13, but you’ll also need prior treatment to prepare the tooth — this brings the overall price up to roughly €580. All dentists are transparent when it comes to pricing and will provide a full cost breakdown before any work is done.

Finding a good dentist in Haarlem.

It’s important to choose a dentist who suits your individual needs. Check opening times on their website — many dentists are only open during office hours, which may be a problem for you. Also check their emergency (Spoed) care policy and how many dentists they have working. You don’t want to be waiting over the weekend with a toothache because the dentist is closed or away on holiday! It’s also worth checking if the dentist offers any in-clinic specialised services you want to make use of. This way you won’t have to end up going elsewhere for a separate hygienist appointment, for example. Getting all your care in the same clinic is much more convenient.

Finally, it’s important to choose a dentist with no problem communicating in English. You don’t want to encounter any problems down the line due to the language barrier. As long as you choose a clinic with well-qualified dentists and good reviews (which can be found online), you won’t have a problem finding good dental care in Haarlem.

Jane Sandwood