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. 

4. Be extra cautious in Mexican border towns where US insurance companies finance dental mills staffed by in-experienced dental school grads at mininum wage.  The Mexican authorities have shut-down unlicensed dentists from Central American & the US (really), dental school drop-outs and dental techs posing as dentists in Mexican border towns preying on day-tripping patients from the US.

5. Avoid general dentists posing as “specialists” offering very low prices on crowns dental implants (see #4 again) crowns, oral restorations etc. Most dental horror stories result from general dentists in over their heads (see #4 again).

6. For accurate and reliable dental estimates – email a board certified dentist x-rays, dentist treatment plan and a recent panoramic x-ray for dental implants or oral restorations. And be sure to give them all the details you can think of - number of units needed, your health, allergies, meds etc.

7.  Wikipedia Resource – Mexico & Asia (In English) Certified Doctors & Dentists Internationale’  Free estimates (sometimes 2 or 3) and referrals from certified dentists:

8. Wikipedia Resource - Mexico: Asociación Dental Mexicana (in Spanish)    General dentists and Board Certified dentists are mixed here - you will have to sort them

9. Read Dental Tourism News Today for dental vacation travel tips and dental travel news aggregated from CNN, BBC, WSJ,  NY Times, Travel & Healthcare writers

By David de Los Angeles

Health Care Travel Writer -

For Dental Tourism News Today

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