Posted on 4/30/2020 by Dr. Jon Packman
|There is nothing wrong with traveling to see the world. It can provide you with experiences that you will always remember. There are some people that travel for a different reason. They head out to get help with their oral health issues.
This practice is known as dental tourism. While it is possible to come up with reasons to do this, it is not always the best idea. There are several things that come from dental tourism that are not worth whatever you get from it.
Watch Out for the Cons
One of the biggest reasons a person turns to dental tourism is to save money. They find a dentist offering the work they need at a much lower price than they would get from their regular dentist. Even adding in the cost of travel, they figure they will still save money. They are relying on the dentist in the other country being honest about what they charge.
Often times, the dentists demand upfront payment. When you get to the place you thought you would get the dental work done at, you find that it was a scam and you not only don't get the dental work, you are out the money.
Quality of Dental Care
The standards in other countries are often lower in other countries. They do not regulate the industry and they do not oversee the professionalism of the dental practices. This can lead to unsafe conditions and unsatisfactory work. Again, you may save money in the short term, but when you have to repair bad work, you will end up spending more money.
The Importance of a History
Your dental history plays a large role in getting quality care. Dental tourism takes away much of your dental history. The dentists in another country will not have access to old x-rays and reports about your oral health. Complications because of the lack of history are common with dental tourism.
It may sound exciting to travel to another country and to save money on dental work, but it is better to stick with the people that know you best. Get your dental work done at home so you can enjoy your travels to other countries without any worries about your oral health.
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