Tax season is inching ever closer to us, which means we’re all on the lookout for ways to save. When doing so, don’t forget to look over your dental expenses for the past tax year! You’ll be happy to know that claiming dental expenses is in fact an allowable deduction since it does fall under the category of medical expenses after all. That being said, we should be clear and mention that not ALL types of dental care are tax deductible. We dive into the details in this blog post.
Preventive Dental Services
The great news is that the most common type of dental care, being preventive dental care, is tax deductible. Preventive dentistry is an umbrella term for services that are designed to maintain oral hygiene and “prevent” other dental issues or diseases. This includes treatments such as teeth cleanings, dental exams, X-rays, and fluoride application.
Restorative & Emergency Dental Procedures
If you’ve received treatment to alleviate a dental disease or emergency dental care, then you can also deduct these expenses. This category includes services such as fillings, root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, and tooth extractions.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Unfortunately, cosmetic dentistry is not tax deductible. That means services like professional teeth whitening that you receive solely for their aesthetic benefit. It’s great that you pursued getting a brighter, more beautiful smile, but, alas, you won’t be able to do anything with that when it comes to your taxes.
Long story short, figuring whether or not your dental treatment could be classified as “medically necessary” is a good way to determine if its tax deductible or not. We recommend speaking with an accountant if you have any questions about your specific circumstances. For all other dental-related questions, feel free to call or email Edgewater Dental Arts!