With prices for dental and medical care rising in the US at the same time as international travel becomes easier than ever, people are looking further than the neighboring town to find a lower price on care — and many are going abroad instead. If you’re thinking about it, too, you may be wondering if dental tourism is really all that safe. After all, it’s not much of a savings if you end up damaging your oral or overall health in the long run. From your dentist in Selden’s of view, the answer is… it depends. Keep reading to learn more about what you should keep in mind if you’re considering dental tourism.
What to Consider with Dental Tourism
Visit a new (or favorite) country, enjoy the sun, sand, and come home with a cleaner, healthier smile thanks to dental care that’s much cheaper than you would pay back at home? Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
On the outset, dental tourism, or traveling out of the country for everything from a basic cleaning to dental implants, promises a lot of benefits. But hold on a second — how can you be sure the dentist you are choosing really is experienced in the treatment you need? Navigating through websites that may not be that well designed or easy to read (especially if they are in another language) can leave you with some serious question marks.
The truth is, dental tourism can be a great option for some people. If you feel comfortable doing the research and/or have a recommendation from a friend or family member who has had a positive experience abroad, there’s nothing saying a hometown dentist is necessarily better. However…
Long-Term Relationships Are Worth Something
There is a high value in the kind of long-term relationship you can develop when you visit the same dentist again and again. Aside from the cultural differences that may become apparent when you leave the country (or even the state, for that matter), any dentist you visit for the first time will have a learning curve when it comes to your oral and overall health history. They may not know about your struggle against tartar or that dental implant you had placed 10 years ago. And sometimes, being well-acquainted with your teeth and gums can make all the difference in providing excellent care.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
If you need a routine procedure and are planning a trip to a country well-known for dental tourism anyway, it may not be a bad idea to sandwich some dental care into your upcoming vacation. However, please make sure you do your research first. Choose only dental centers that are well-reviewed and reputable — and it’s even better if you can actually talk to someone who has been.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino is a general dentist providing comprehensive dental care for patients in and around Selden. To learn more about his services or to schedule an appointment with the “dentist near me” you are searching for, do not hesitate to contact the office at 631-698-9400.