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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Seniors can save big money going abroad on a dental holiday. But one needs to do their homework before getting on that boat or plane for your dental holiday. 

Bangkok, Cabo and Manila dentists are popular dental tourism destinations - but most fly rather than cruise.. Besides - most cruise ships are only a day or so in any given port - not long enough for any substantial dentistry that requires lab time between appointments.

Baby Boomers,  +55,  seniors -  that ever growing segment of the US population are now going offshore in droves seeking  affordable  dentistry in  Mexico  and Asia.    They  are hoping to find good  quality  dental  care  away  from  home and are usually happy with their  results   - but  not always.  

Many are lured into clinics  owned  and  operated  by  general dentists who  in many developing nations such as Mexico -  are  permitted  to learn  advanced dental  procedures at the patient’s expense. 

Expensive procedures  such as dental implants,  mini implants and cosmetic dental makeovers are often half  or less than  the cost for the same procedures back in the US,  Canada  or  other developed  nations. 

You can save up to 75% on your dentistry in Manila, Bangkok or Mexico.

Mexican or Manila dental clinics can easily save seniors $10,000 to $30,000us on a full-mouth oral restoration.

And it's easy to lose that much if you chance on a general dentist to do your dental work instead of board certified dentist who has the years of additional formal training in specialist school necessary for the advanced dental procedures involved.

Mexico dentists - Los Algodones, Tijuana and other Mexican border towns are popular for US dental tourists driving across the border.  If one is having a root canal or crown and you live within a couple hours drive of the border, and you are ok with border traffic waits - this makes sense.

Cabo, Los Cabos, Cancun - If you are planning on a larger treatment requiring a couple or visits to the clinic requiring a week or more stay - you would be wise to consider taking a dental vacation to a first-class Mexican beach resort town such as Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta or Cancun.

Puerto Vallarta dentists are especially popular with seniors as PV is less touristy, much more traditional and tranquil than the vacation hot spots Cabo and Cancun.

Cabo Surf Hotel, Cabo San Lucas Mexico 5-Star dining overlooking the surf breaks is a favorite place to stay when having a Mexico dental vacation.

Costa Rica Dentist - Some go further to Costa Rica or Brazil but the additional airfare can negate one’s savings on dentistry unless you are having a larger treatment.

Also consider visiting a Manila or Bangkok dentist. They are even less expensive than Mexican dentists and Manila dentists speak perfect English as American English is the national language in the Philippines. 

The dental holiday experience for those who have not visited Asia is priceless.

San Diego California is one of America’s favorite vacation spots and is just across the border from Tijuana Mexico. You stay and play in San Diego while you have your dentistry 15 minutes down the road with a Tijuana dentist.

Patients visiting a Tijuana dentist often stay in San Diego just 15 mins. up the hwy.

Bangkok Thailand offers one multi-story dental hospitals with a veritable buffet of amenities including kids playrooms, internet cafes, restaurants and lodging. Bangkok and Manila dentists have been popular with Europeans, Brits and Aussies for decades.

Thai and Manila dentists are the most popular in Asia for dental tourism.

Manila dentists have become more popular than Thai dentists most recently due to increased promotion of Philippine tourism by the government highlighted by their catchy slogan - "It's More Fun in the Philippines," and an equal lack of promotion by the Thai government which declared martial law in June 2014 after 2 years of political instability.

The Philippines - Americans especially feel at home in the Philippines and the country is the most Americanized country outside of the US.  Filipinos love Americans and all things American from the movies to US sports celebs. Kobe Bryant is big with youth here right now.

Turkey has become popular with senior dental tourists arriving from Western Europe as it offers prices that are far lower than most countries in the European developed nations and features a unique history and culture for one to experience.

However Turkey is now becoming a less-than-desirable tourist destination due to the serious conflict in nearby Syria and Iraq.

Dental tourists like any other tourists need to be aware of the ever changing political climates in other nations when traveling abroad. 

Expect airport delays due to higher levels of security, portions of towns can be blockaded by demonstrators or authorities all combining to make for a real denture adventure most would rather avoid. 

Below is a list of some safe English language sites that list only certified dentists for dental tourists:

About Mexican Mexico and Latin America dental travel site owned by an American dentist who recommends only certified dentists.
Board Certified Asia Dental Association Association of Board Certified Dentists in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and other cities in Asia.

Board Certified Mexico Dental Association.  Association of Board Certified dentists in Cabo, Cancun, Guadalajara, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana and other cities in Mexico.

Tijuana Certified Dentists Certified dentists in Tijuana for dental implants, crowns, veneers, orthodontics, oral restoration.

Certified Puerto Vallarta Dentists Certified dentists in Puerto Vallarta for dental implants, orthodontics, crowns, veneers, oral restoration, children’s dentistry

Cabo San Lucas & La Paz Certified Dentists Certified Dentists - Maxillofacial, prosthodontics, orthodontics, dental implants, oral restoration, tmj disorder and more -

Dental Tourism NewsCo Dental travel, news, articles and information for the dental tourist.

By Dr. Nelson Henry - owner, About Mexican 



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