WHY MEXICO FOR DENTISTRY?
Dentistry in Mexico
Why do people choose Mexico for their dental work?
There are many statistics that show why many Americans are choosing to travel abroad for their dental work and why Mexico is the preferred dental destination year on year, and it stems principally from issues present domestically.
Why do Americans not visit their dentists?
Top reasons adults cite for avoiding the dentist include cost, fear of the dentist, and inability to find a convenient location or appointment time. Specifically, 59% of adults indicated that they forgo dental care due to cost, 22% because they are afraid of the dentist, and 19% because they cannot find a convenient location or appointment time.
United States General Dental Health Statistics
1 in 4 American adults avoid smiling due to the condition of their teeth (Health Policy Institute, 2015)
1 in 5 experience anxiety due to the condition of their mouth and teeth (Health Policy Institute, 2015)
42% of low income adults have difficulty biting or chewing (Health Policy Institute, 2015)
15% of young adults take days off because of their teeth (Health Policy Institute, 2015)
Approximately 49,700 Americans are diagnosed each year with this largely preventable type of cancer that affects the mouth and/or pharynx. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 2018)
24.6% of American’s aged 75 and over have lost all natural teeth (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016)
7% of the adult population in America have no natural teeth (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016)
Gum Disease Statistics Nearly 50% of the US population (aged 30 years and above) suffers from periodontal diseases.
So with those (Older) eye opening statistics it may be prudent to ask why are not more Americans traveling to Mexico for their dental work each year? well the American (Outbound) Medical Tourism Market continues to increase (Not just dental) exact Numbers are almost impossible to come by and many sources contradict each other, but there are reports of increased activity of travel for medical reasons being registered and with the uncertainty of job security, Insurance coverages or lack of, it seems that Mexico will continue to be the first port of call for those seeking more affordable dentistry.
Here are some of the principal reasons why Mexico is considered the Top choice.
Geographically it makes sense for Americans and Canadians, with the close proximity Mexico being the southern neighbour is an ideal choice and many Border towns are already renowned for their dentists. Larger Vacation destinations are now the top choice for longer treatment stays, 1 week +.
Mexico is already a well established favorite Vacation destinations for Americans and Mexico logged over 10 million tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2018.
The connivence and affordability of traveling to Mexico allows budgeting for return visits depending on treatments, Cancun International airport is the second busiest Airport in Mexico and the fourth in Latin America.
Favorable Currency exchange rate, The U.S. dollar goes a lot further in Mexico
Quality of University Education in Mexico
Education - Universidad (Higher Education) University education in Mexico generally follows the US education model - four years to complete a bachelor's degree undergraduate level (Licenciatura), and two degrees at the postgraduate level, a two year Master's degree (Maestría), and a three year Doctoral degree (Doctorado).
Further education dental Specializations like Prosthodontics, Endodontics etc take an additional 3 years.
After graduating and having completed 1 year of social service working in public clinics, hospitals and rural areas that are given placements by the Ministry of Health, Many Mexican dentists continue their further education and relevant courses and techniques on their own merits, deciding to invest and work and continue to study and take courses internationally to gain experience and valuable speciality knowledge and practical skills.
This is where a lot of negative stereotypes get laid to rest, Many dental clinics and especially those focused towards the dental tourism markets understand the importance of clinical surroundings, Equipment and design. Many clinics would not look out of place in Knightsbridge, Harley Street or Beverly Hills.
With dental clinics aimed at the International market it is common that English is spoken and understood in the clinics, with Doctors having either a fluent or good command of the language.
Appointment timing/Time Savings
It is very common that appointments for your dental work in Mexico will be tailored to suit your schedule and travel arrangements, and the commonality that there are much shorter treatment timelines which means more work completed in much shorter time frames (cases permitting) and that many clinics focusing on dental tourism have multiple specialists in one clinic able to proceed with specialized procedures without having to schedule other dental appointments.
Are the principal reason of patients choosing to get dental work in Mexico, again with the strength of the dollar and the lower costs of the majority of dental treatments offered in Mexico.
No student debt, lower operating business costs, lower taxes and salaries all contribute to lower service costs.
Of Materials in dentistry, again for Mexican dental clinics who focus on the Dental Tourism market, respected and well known brands are common place in Mexican dental clinics and with the size of the dental market and Mexico in particular you will mostly see American eagle, Dentsply, Ivoclar, Nobel Biocare, and so on used as standard in these dental tourism clinics.
Down time and recuperation is another plus point for those traveling to Mexico for dental work and especially those choosing popular Vacation destinations like Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Tiujana is that with the primary motive of receiving dentistry, there is no rushing to or between appointments on your lunch break or on your day off, you are free to relax and recuperate between treatments and when surgical procedures are involved the added benefit of location and rest can significantly aide in the recuperation process.
It is not uncommon for dental Tourism clinics to offer personal case managers, Free transportation, consults and local assistance such as hotel, Tours and activities recommendations.
Before when Mexico was mentioned as a place where people would choose to go for their dentistry it was met with a lot of skepticism and doubts, but through education, the internet and Social media the real and modern side of dentistry in Mexico is more prevalent and publicized including the many American based facilitators actively promoting Mexico as a desired / alternative medical destination.
Notes* We here at Dental Destinations Cancun are not suggesting all Mexican dental Clinics are up to the task, like anywhere there will always be the good the bad and the average, but we want to help people understand that there are many real and genuinely proficient, capable and Excellent dental options available in Mexico with thousands of documented successes.
Security issues. While certain areas of Mexico have seen increased travel advisories for particular states, The Top destination for travel from the U.S in 2018 was Cancun according to a 2018 report from AAA Travel.
Traveling to Mexico for dental work may not be something you had ever considered before or realized to be a viable alternative, so with this information and more on our website we hope that you have found some valid reasons and answers to why American and Canadians (and other International patients) choose Mexico for their dentistry needs.