A healthy mouth is essential to your overall well-being, but if you are like many people, you avoid going to the dentist because of the cost. Essential treatments can certainly put a dent in your budget, but you could also find yourself spending money unnecessarily. Of course, most dentists are professionals who truly care for the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. However, as with any profession, a few bad apples can spoil the bunch. When a board-certified dentist with more than three decades of experience complains about an increase in so-called “creative diagnosis,” as in this op-ed article posted by the American Dental Association, looking into your own dental care is definitely a good idea. "Whatever happened to minimally invasive dentistry?" wrote Dr. Jeffrey Camm. " Here are a few of the most common ways an unethical dental practice could potentially rip you off.