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Monday, September 8, 2014

SURVEY OF ASIA DENTAL TOURISM by the Board Certified Asia Dental Association




Asia Dental Tourism Review Says: Best Find a Certified Dentist When Abroad

 




By Doctor Sandra Jamala, President,
Board Certified Asia Dental Association 


A new survey of dental clinics and dental prices in Asia by the Royal Hong Kong Dentist Association noted that a board certified dentist in Asia with 2-4 more years of specialist training often costs the same as a general dentist for the same advanced dentistry treatments. The problem is – general dentists as a rule are only been trained in dental basics such as cleanings, drillings, fillings and pulling (teeth). Not dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, root canals or veneers. 
Not everyone knows there is a great difference in the quality of work between a general and specialist dentists.  Patients from more developed nations searching for affordable dentistry fly to Asia to see a dentist in the Philippines or Thailand dental clinics each year. Most patients come from Australia and Europe with a growing number coming from the US and Canada according to the survey.
This situation of general dentists attempting specialist dentistry is pervasive in less-developed nations and is often the source of the many scary dentist stories that Western dentists love to point out to patients contemplating taking a dental vacation.
 
Dentists from Western developed nations often forget that it was not long ago that consumer protection laws didn't exist in their own countries. Even barbers did extractions, root canals and made crowns and until more recently - dentists were not required to be specialists to attempt advanced dentistry in many developed nations. 
The same holds true for plastic surgeons today in developed nations such as the USA.  Any MD – from a family doctor to a foot or eye doctor can wake up one day and reinvent him or herself as a plastic surgeon. Consumer protection laws haven’t caught up to these “specialists.” 
It's important to remember that dental association's everywhere recommend that when having advanced dental procedures such as dental implants, dental surgery or cosmetic dentistry at home or abroad that the patient uses the services of a certified dentist not a less-trained general dentist. 
You can be assured of receiving the highest quality of dentistry in Asia or Mexico when you use the services of the Board Certified Dental Associations in Asia or Mexico. They provide estimates, dentist referrals and dental tourism information to the dental tourist without cost. 
Thailand and Philippine dentists are the most popular Asia dental tourism destinations according to the Hong Kong survey. Patients travel to visit dentists in Manila and Bangkok to save on expensive larger treatments such as root canals, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, dental surgery and dental implants. The average savings are 50-70% depending on the treatment. Ex. - Porcelain crowns which cost $1,000us in California cost $350 in Manila and $400 in Bangkok.

Most dental tourists visiting Asia come from  English speaking countries according to the survey. 100% of Philippine dentists spoke American English as it is the national language, 50-60% of dentists in Hong Kong and India spoke British English as a 2nd language, while the majority of dentists in Thailand used an interpreter (which can be problematic) or spoke fair English as a 2nd or 3rd language. 

Just as the Philippines edged out India as the number one off-shore call center nation for Western businesses, it has been closing the gap with Thailand to becoming the most popular dental tourism country in Asia for Westerners. American  English being the primary business, education and government language is the reason. 
There are no short-cuts to learning advanced dentistry properly – it takes years beyond basic dental college. Since the cost for a highly-trained certified dentist in Asia is generally the same as a general dentist, the decision to go or not go with the most qualified dentist does not need to be based on price. But on finding the right dentist qualified for your particular dental needs. 
Helping the patient find the right dentist and have a successful dental holiday is what Board Certified Dental Associations do best for foreign patients. And without any cost to patients. For a free  dental cost  estimate, dentist referrals, dental tourism information and appointment setting visit their websites.
Contact: 
The Board Certified Asia Dental Association - certified dentists in Manila, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul, India, Malaysia -
The Board Certified Mexico Dentist Org for dentists in Mexico including Cabo San  Lucas, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Algodones, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana -

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