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Need to see a dentist? Head to Westmeath - it's cheapest

Cork teeth are most costly.

Image: Dentistry via Shutterstock

THE AVERAGE COST of a dental consultation in Ireland is €45, but the Rebel county is almost €20 more expensive.

A new survey from private healthcare search engine WhatClinic.com has found that the cheapest average price for dental consultations in the country is Westmeath (€28), but Cork is the most expensive (€64).

Extractions will set you back just €50 in Cavan but almost double that, €93 in Carlow.

The most expensive check-up was found at a Westport clinic. At €160, a check-up there is 16 times the price of the cheapest, found in Limerick and costing just €10.

Across Ireland, the average cost of teeth whitening is €262, but for the best value for money people should head to Westmeath where it costs just €159. Kerry, at €388, is the most expensive county for pearly whites.

However, one clinic in Sandycove charges patients more than €650 for the treatment.

The average cost of teeth cleaning in Ireland is €55, but patients in Donegal will pay just €38, while those in Kerry will pay €64.

Patients looking to snap up a bargain smile should head to Foxrock where the treatment costs as little as €17, but avoid Dublin’s city centre where the same treatment can set you back up to €150.

The country has seen a 68% rise in people enquiring about teeth cleaning appointments, although the biggest increase has been in Co. Kildare where they have more than tripled (229%).

Teeth extractions in Ireland cost €76 on average, but vary up to €180 between clinics.

The much-feared filling costs an average €72 across Ireland but can be much less painful in North Dublin, at €24, or  €147 in Ballsbridge.

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