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For Cheap, Competent Dental Care... Go to Mexico?

12 September, 2012

Keeping a good smile has become a pricey proposition in America these days. Half of the population in the U.S. does not have dental insurance and even a regular visit can run you in the hundreds of dollars. Need a new crown? That will cost you about $1,000. In a medical profession where dentists make more than the average doctor (over $200,000 annually), that’s just what it costs for quality dental care, or is it?

Many Americans “in the know” are taking their teeth, along with their bathing suits and sunscreen, south of the border. In Mexico they are finding dental deals that are one third of prices in the U.S. and that’s a big deal for people whose out of pocket costs have hit their budgets very hard during the recession. For example, a complete orthodontic treatment in States runs about $5, 600 but in Mexico it only costs $1,500 on average. 

Someone unfamiliar or unexperienced with Mexican health care may wonder about the quality and competency of Mexican dentists. The fact is, many dentists in Mexico were actually trained at American dental schools and have the same first world standards and modern equipment you would find in any U.S. dentist’s office.

Americans who are finding this out are coming in droves. Business for Mexican dentists in places like Cancun and Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean side of Mexico’s coast, is up 20% this year, and 97% of the increase is coming from Americans or other foreigners. People are realizing they can take a vacation and get their teeth fixed for the same cost they would pay for treatment back home, minus sticking their toes in the sand. 

One thing is for sure, with the cost of healthcare becoming more and more of a challenge in many American households today, this is more likely to become a trend and not just a fad. Whatever the case may be, for now Americans are grabbing their sombreros and taking their teeth woes to Mexico.

Dental treatment at 10:00 AM....On the Beach by 2:00.

Topics: Mexico United States