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Dental Tourism?

Posted on September 22, 2010 | in Dental Humor | by

We know what you’re thinking…

The warm trade winds, relaxing the day away with no email, no texting, no facebook…the fruity cocktails by the pool…what could make this serene scene more inviting?

How about dental implants?

No, perhaps we could interest you in a root canal?

Not so much? – allow us to point you the way of a full mouth reconstruction with a smile makeover, is that something you’d be interested in?

Yeah, we didn’t think so either. But get this – there has been a significant increase recently in a sector of the travel industry known as ‘Dental Tourism.’ Now we’re pretty sure people aren’t deciding on donning some implants while laying back in the hammock, that would be a bit impulsive. Instead, the intrigue of international travel coupled with the need for dental work has come together in a new and exciting (read: scary) way.

We understand the reasoning behind dental tourism, we just don’t feel it’s necessary.

Whether the economy is hurting your healthcare budget, or you simply equate vacation with dental work, we only want you to educate yourself and do the research before making any dental tourism reservation to have a medical procedure performed in an unfamiliar and foreign locale. There’s a reason why the United States has some of the best medical professionals in the world – we receive the best education and training, we use the best (safest & strongest) materials, and we have in place a structure of patient protection.

Consider this (and more), the next time thoughts of that tour through early Ottoman architecture intersect with a crown and bridge procedure. Or when that tropical island idyll has ‘root canal’ scheduled between morning massage and afternoon nap.

Know what you’re getting into, and do your homework!

We’ll never let financial obligations keep you from maintaining optimum dental health – if you have any questions, just ask. Honestly, we don’t want any of our friends, neighbors, or anyone else in our community to feel as if they need to fly 18 hrs away to take care of their dental needs.

PS – Got any dental tourism stories? Post ’em up, let’s hear it.

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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of DentalPatientNews.com, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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