Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dental Insurance Tips by NBC News - Does the Expense Justify it?

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Here's a good article curated from NBC News regarding the value of dental insurance in the US. Or lack of value if you've ever tried to get more than one crown or root canal done in a year... -Carla

By Marilyn Lewis/MoneyTalksNews

You need medical insurance, if only to protect against the cost of an accident or illness so expensive that you could be ruined financially. But do you really need dental insurance?
It’s an interesting question, because you can avoid the most likely causes and expenses of dental problems, decay and gum disease, by brushing and flossing your teeth diligently. But some teeth are more prone to problems, and when they have a problem, the costs can mount quickly.

Friday, September 16, 2016

DIY Fixing Chipped and Broken Teeth - Board Certified Dental Association

How To Fix Broken and Chipped Teeth 

When your smile does it look like you've been chewing on rocks? 

Are your teeth chipped, cracked or broken - some with painful jagged edges?  Do you self-consciously cover your mouth when you speak or are afraid to smile in public or for photos? 

Here's some temporary you can do yourself and permanent remedies by your dentist to fix your smile including recommended dental pain relievers dental  crowns, veneers.

A broken piece of tooth or jagged edge inside the mouth can cause infection, injury and be a constant source irritation to the tongue. If visible when you open your mouth or smile your self-esteem can be adversely affected. 

Almost as badly as if you had missing teeth!

Photo: Imagine Justin Bieber without teeth. Cosmetic dentistry candidate? Nope - this celeb needs implants or dentures.

The following immediate remedies can be taken prior to seeing a dentist:
  • For pain take Advil, Tylenol, Dolac and if you have an infection - Ampicillin the penicillin based anti-biotic. 
  • In many countries like Mexico you can buy it without a prescription or go to a generic pharmacy like Dr. Simi’s in Mexico where clinics are staffed with an in-house doctors who will consult and prescribe meds for $3-$5.
  • A salt water or borax and water rinse can help. Use mouthwashes like Oral B Black and Original Listerine to alleviate pain, minor infection and abscesses. 
  • Sterilize a nail file or other small tool file and file the jagged edges down.

Ultimately professional care will be required to properly restore your smile. The following are some of the more commons solutions offered by dentists.  Remember, that in Mexico and many other developing countries you will get the best results from Board Certified Dental Association dentists who have 2-4 more years’ specialist training in advanced procedures such as crowns, veneers, bridges and cosmetic dentistry.

Dental Filling or Bonding:  In the case of small chips - filling or bonding can solve the problem. For bonding, the tooth surface is etched with a liquid to roughen it and adhere the tooth color matching bonding material. Afterwards, an adhesive material is applied, followed by the bonding material. Lastly, an ultraviolet light will be used to harden the bonding material.

Dental Crown: In case of a lot of decay or breaking out of a large piece of tooth, the dentist grinds or files away a part of the remaining tooth and covers the same with a crown to protect the tooth and enhance its appearance. Porcelain and resin crowns can be made to match the original tooth. 

Root Canal, Post and Rebuild - In case the entire top of tooth is fully broken along with the root in an intact position, the dentist performs a root canal and places a pin or post in the canal. Afterwards, he builds up enough structure onto which the crown can be made. In the later stage, the dentist may cement the crown over the pin or post-retained restoration.

The crown can be easily installed within two visits. At the first visit, the dentist takes x-rays for checking the roots of tooth and surrounding bone. A putty like material will be used to make an impression of tooth which is about to receive the crown. 

A temporary crown of thin metal is used till the permanent one gets ready from the lab. During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one set.

Dental Veneers: If visible front tooth is broken or chipped, a dental veneer may contribute in making it look healthy again. If teeth are badly stained or cracked often several or all the  visible teeth may be veneered.  A veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material covering the whole front of tooth with a thicker section for replacing the broken part of tooth.  Similar to a crown but 3-sided, thinner and more delicate.

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In preparation, the dentist removes about 0.3 to 1.2 mm of enamel from its surface. An impression is sent to make the veneer. A dental lab needs to cast the veneer which can take 3-5 working days and a  2nd visit to the dentist is required to set the veneers.

Root canal therapy involves the removal of dead pulp from tooth, cleaning the same and sealing it.  It is performed by general dentists and endodontic specialists in Mexico and many developing countries and only permitted to be performed by specialists with advanced training in most developed countries such as the USA and Canada.

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 In Mexico and many other developing nations, you will get the best work from a board certified specialist who won’t be learning on-the-job at your expense.

The cost of a specialist vs. a general dentist in most developing countries is virtually identical according to the American Dental Association, so when going offshore for your dental work – take the ADA’s advice and choose one who is board certified in the specialties you require.

A good place to begin searching for one in Mexico is with the Board Certified Mexico Dental Association.

For Free estimates and referrals to top dentists in Mexico's most popular tourist locales including Cabo, Cancun, Los Algodones, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana and others. 

Visit: www.certifieddentists.org/

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Thursday, January 21, 2016


Mexico Medical and Dental Tourists Take Note!

If moving abroad or planning a medical or dental vacation -consider these health care money-saving countries.

Medical and dental healthcare in some Latin America and Asia Countries are considered basic human rights and are often available at little cost to locals and medical tourism patients alike.


By Czarmecin media@latinoshealth.com

NEW YORK - Ms. Moira Sauvane does cancer research at Columbia University in New York City. Javier Garcia, an Argentinian-American and a third-year psychiatric resident, and Moira Sauvane, an Argentinian and a post doctoral cancer researcher, are among the best tango dancing couples in the world.

For the last three years they danced the tango almost every evening, three to four hours a night, somewhere in New York City where they now live. Their tango is unique, in that they come together in a passionate dance dialogue where they exchange lead, in a constant form of improvisation. Their relationship is also unique. Moira is married to another man.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


For many US middle-class families - dental emergencies and large treatments such as oral restorations are a huge, uninsured family budget wrecking event. And many are going without treatment and ending up in hospital emergency wards which are unable to provide proper dental care. 

Dental care in the US is increasingly becoming something that only the upscale segment of society can afford causing many to leave the US on “Dental Vacations” to Mexico and Asia to find affordable dental care. -ed


By Reed Abelson for NY Times

With dental costs rising and employers cutting dental coverage, an increasing number of working Americans cannot afford to see a dentist even for chronic problems. If you need a full-mouth restoration, several root canals, 27 crowns or dental implants - most dental insurance won’t cover you.

During the Iraq war, some reservists and Guard members chose to have their teeth pulled so that they could be deployed, said Maj. Gen. Robert A. McIntosh,in testimony before Congress.

"Although promised restorative dental work, their reward for their loyalty and patriotism will be dentures," he said. Dental implants, a better alternative to dentures, are not covered because they are more expensive.

In a nation where a person's smile is considered a sign of general well-being and an important factor in landing a job, dental care is becoming ever more unequal, policy specialists say. In 2000, the Surgeon General issued a report describing the silent epidemic of dental and oral diseases.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Asia Dental Holidays - 12 Dental Vacation Tips by Board Certified Dentists Internationale'

How to have a great Thai or Philippines dental vacation!


If your Sydney cosmetic dentist or Los Angeles dental implant specialist is over-the-top on prices - consider a dental holiday in Asia. 

Manila dentist prices are even less than dental prices in Mexico! Same materials, same equipment and many dentists in Asia have Western education and/or clinic practice in the West.

Below is the Board Certified Asia Dentist Association’s tips for dental tourists considering a dental holiday in Asia.

1. Get a price quote before taking off on an your dental holiday. Email a copy of your home dentist’s treatment plan, x-rays or panoramic x-ray to the dentist in Asia. Most dentists will give online estimates subject to a clinical exam.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

HOW TO FIND THE BEST PUERTO VALLARTA DENTIST By the Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association

Puerto Vallarta has miles of beautiful beaches and many dentists. Finding the best PV dentist for cosmetic dentistry, dental implants or oral surgery is not as easy as finding your way to the beach.

By Mexico writer David Mandich for Dental Tourism News Today

With Puerto Vallarta dentists (and Mexico in general) - quality is problematic and here’s why. General dentists in Mexico untrained in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, root canals etc. can legally attempt advanced dental procedures by practicing on unsuspecting patients. If that fact didn't wake you up - read it again.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HOW TO AVOID DENTAL TOURISM HORRORS - By Certified Doctors & Dentists Internationale'

Whether you call it a Dental Vacation, Dental Holiday, Dental Travel or Dental Tourism..  It may be a good way to save big money while enjoying a vacation. Or it can be your worst nightmare in a foreign dentist chair come true.  

Here's how to avoid starring in your own dental vacation horror show..

 1.  Always get estimates from board certified dentists who are accredited for your procedures. Board certified dentists in most developing countries cost the same as less trained general dentists. And many general dentists would love to learn advanced dentistry at your expense. Certified Doctors & Dentists Internationale' Association will get estimates. referrals, 2nd opinions and check dentists credentials for you without any additional cost or obligation.

2.  Choose dentists who speak your language.  So you won't need to know how to say “Take it easy doc!”  in  Spanish, Thai or Mandarin. Most foreign board certified dentists speak English fairly well as they often use English language textbooks and  many do graduate study in the US & UK.

3.  Avoid commercial dental broker agencies like WhatEver Dentist, Flacid Way, Tooth Fairy A-GoGo etc. They list any dentists who pay their fees and who cannot possibly vet the 1,000’s of dentists they feature. 85% or more of their dentist listings are non-certified general dentists calling themselves 'specialists' soliciting foreign patients for complicated procedures they have no formal training in. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015


 Cabo San Lucas marina - by Certified Doctors & Dentists Internationale'

By Huffington Post

Sometimes you just don't see it coming.

Living in Merida, Mexico, at the time, we were dashing around the house and packing for an early flight when a tall American forehead met a low Spanish Colonial doorway, and a top front tooth snapped cleanly in half.

Once we returned from the trip, we called our dentist and got an appointment immediately. In three visits, he cast a color-matched cap for the tooth, ground a post from the remaining half of the real tooth, and fit the new cap perfectly. It was as if nothing had ever happened.

In the States we estimate that we'd have paid anywhere from $800 to $1,500 for the same work, depending on the type, location and material of the cap or crown. Our dentist in Mexico charged less than $400. Even though it wasn't a large amount, we didn't have that much cash on us.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Your Dental Tourism Dentist Wants a Panoramic X-ray. Say What? By Certified Doctors & Dentists Internationale'

PANORAMIC or tomographic x-rays are important when considering dental implants, 4 on1, oral surgery and other procedures involving the face, jaw, upper spine etc.
Dental patients considering dental travel as a solution to their dental healthcare crisis are often unaware of the importance of having a strange (well, new since 1985) x-ray referred to as a pano by dentists.

Panoramic radiographs (aka or tomographic x-ray) show an ear to ear 180 degree view of the patient’s jaws and all the teeth as well as much of the head and neck anatomy.

The machine used is different than the standard x-ray unit as the patient generally stands while the x-ray unit travels on a semi-circular track around the patient’s head.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Cosmetic Dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty according to the American Dental Association...

Patients cannot find genuine Board Certified cosmetic dentists in the US - but they exist..

By David Mandich

In the US - cosmetic dentistry is not an American Dental Association (ADA) recognized specialty and any dentist can purchase a dental whitening machine, double their prices overnight and legally call themselves a Cosmetic Dentist Specialist. Some join the various associations of cosmetic dentists in the US and hang their membership certificate on their salon wall for added credibility. 

The fact is - anyone can join some of these cosmetic dentist associations so long as they pay the membership fees.  Dental students, dental lab technicians, dental suppliers, general dentists and even the 3 Stooges would be welcome. 

Consumer protection laws in the US have not caught on to the cosmetic dentistry gimmick that many general dentists in the US use to promote themselves with.  How can they be charged with misrepresentation when cosmetic dentistry as a specialist field does not exist in the eyes of the American Dental Association?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Best Tijuana Certified Dentists, Tijuana Dentist Reviews, Forum, Mexico Dentist Costs by Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association

Find the Best Dentists in Tijuana Mexico Certified For The Treatments You Need By The Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association

Tijuana's upscale Zona Rio has fine restaurants, museums, galleries, clubs, first-class hotels, malls, casinos and some of the best board certified dentists in Mexico for your dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and oral restoration.

Reprinted with permission from Dental Tourism News Today

FIND the Right Board Certified Tijuana Dentist for Your Dental Implants, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics and more!

If you are like most Americans who cross the border daily searching for a Tijuana dentist you want one who is an expert dentist for root canals, crowns, orthodontics and dental implants.

A cleaning? You can get that at home but you can't get advanced dentistry in the US for a reasonable price anymore.

You have to be careful in Tijuana when selecting a dentist for your important dental work as most dentists in Tijuana are only general dentists and they'd love to have a chance at doing your dental implants or cosmetic dental makeover.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HOW TO FIND THE BEST DENTISTS IN MEXICO by Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association

For Dental Implants, Oral Restoration, Cosmetic Dentistry in Mexico - Understanding the Difference in General and Board Certified Dentist Providers is Important!

By the Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association  

Dental tourists from developed countries need to be aware that things are not always the same as back home when considering treatments by a dentist in Mexico or elsewhere offshore. General dentists with only basic dental education are permitted in many developing countries to attempt advanced dental procedures without proper training or credentialing. 

This is the most problematic of all the issue regarding dental tourism. This practice is a clear violation of consumer protection laws in most developed countries - but legal in many (including Mexico) developing nations.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dental Tourism in Danger of Getting a Black Eye...

Reprinted from Dental Tourism News Today www.dentaltourismnewstoday.blogspot.com

Certified Dentists Internationale Cautions Dental Tourists on Dentist Qualifications

By Dr. Sandra Jamala

Dental tourism today faces new challenges according to Ms. Carla Helena Sanchez the new Director of Certified Dentists Internationale.

“The rapidly growing dental tourism industry is in danger of getting a black eye with many dental tourism websites and dental travel brokers promoting any dentist who is willing to pay their annual membership fees."

The dentist membership fees can cost $1,500us or more per year for some websites. The websites cannot possibly screen the credentials of the 1,000’s of dentists some agencies claim to list.  Consumers as a result can get shoddy work from general dentists anxious to bag lucrative treatment patients by misrepresenting their qualifications to trusting dental tourists.

Friday, April 3, 2015

MEXICO DENTAL PRICES 2015 by Board Certified Dentists Association in Mexico

Mexico Dentist Costs are way lower for the same procedures. 

Carla Sanchez, Presidente' of the Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association.

There’s never been a better time to visit a dentist in Mexico according to US dentist Dr. Nelson Henry DMD of Wyndham Maine. The dentist owns 2 clinics in New England and during the economic crisis of the past several years the doctor has seen more and more of his patients unable to obtain affordable big treatments such as crowns, bridges, cosmetic dental makeovers and dental implants.

So he acquired a Mexican dental vacation website – About Mexican Dentists.com and soon became the very first US affiliate of the Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association.

He insists on using the services of certified Mexican dentists exclusively since they have had years of additional training in the advanced procedures most dental tourists are searching for and incredibly – cost the same as far less trained general dentists who like their US counterparts – only learn the basics in dental college - cleanings, drilling, filling and normal non-surgical extractions.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CHOOSE CERTIFIED DENTISTS IN CABO MEXICO for Superior Crowns, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants

Let a Board Certified Puerto Vallarta, Cancun or Cabo Dentist Create a Beautiful New Smile For You at an Affordable Price. The Dental Vacation part is priceless!

High Quality Affordable Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry are available in Los Cabos, Cancun, Los Algodones, Guadalajara, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana with Board Certified Mexico Dentist Association dentists

Dental Tourism Cabo Mexico


Board Certified  Mexico Dentist Association member Cabo dentists  Dr. Limon and Quintanilla-Kelly are quite popular with dental tourists and local ex-pats. 
If you happen to wander in to some tony areas -- be it Beverly Hills or Palm Beach -- then you've met people with impossibly perfect teeth. The kind that rekindle images of Hallie Barry and Justin Timberlake. Big white straight perfect teeth.

If you've driven around in these towns, you've probably also seen exteriors (if not interiors) of high-end dental clinics with windows of beveled glass and a chandelier or two in the entry. The old vision of visiting a dentist out of necessity due to a cavity or root canal has been replaced by consumer demands for aesthetically balanced teeth, be this in the way of whitening, crowns, veneers, or dental implants.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ROCK STAR DENTIST IN CABO - Board Certified Cabo Dentist for Dental Implants, Oral Restoration, Crowns, Veneers ~

Cabo cosmetic dental clinic owner Dr. Ramirez is a Board Certified Dentist in Mexico. The Cabo dentist specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, orthodontics, prosthodontics and general dentistry at Alicia Cabo Dental Paradise

                                          The Best Cabo Dentist or anywhere in Mexico is a Board Certified Dentist.

This Cabo Dentist is a Rock Star! 

By Maria Carmen Mendez y Sandoval

I am often asked  -Who is the best dentist in Cabo?  

A good answer would be to say that ANY board certified Cabo dentist is going to be highly qualified for the treatments most American and Canadian patients are searching for. Why?  Because they have had 2-6 years of additional formal dental specialist school training beyond basic general dentistry college. Yet they often cost the same as a general dentist in Mexico.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Find Certified Dentists in Mexico for Affordable Dental Implants, Oral Restorations, Cosmetic Dentistry

Certified dentists in Mexico offer superior dentistry at affordable prices. 

Our association of Certified Dentists in Mexico Offer Low Cost Dental Implants, Mini Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry and can save you a Small Fortune.

A message from Carla Helena Sanchez , Director of the Certified Mexico Doctor & Dentist Association

Dear Friends

The Certified Doctor & Dentist Internationale Association has members in prime Mexican dental tourism destinations including Cabo, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, Los Algodones and other popular locales.