Is dental tourism worth it? Some Americans would argue yes.
From Costa Rica to Croatia, folks are flocking to other countries for routine dental work. Their trip serves 2 functions: cheap dental care and an international getaway. Hence the phrase, “dental tourism.”
The price of procedures paired with the promise of an exotic locale may make a trip tempting, but the American Dental Association (ADA) doesn’t recommend taking a dental vacation. Here’s why:
Decreased Quality of Care
Depending on the country, dentists may not be required to meet the same standards of dentists in the United States. This can apply to containment of infections, protection against blood-borne illnesses and safety rules when using radiation equipment. The U.S. maintains strict regulations in these areas in order to ensure safety for patients.
Longer Recovery Time
Open wounds, swelling and pain after can spoil the rest of a planned trip. Imagine swimming in the ocean, sipping your favorite drink, or hiking through the rainforest with stitches in your mouth.
Remember, prevention is key.
Most oral health issues can be prevented through regular cleanings and at-home care. Dental tourism enthusiasts can’t travel the globe every time they need a cleaning, so why put off the easy stuff? And thanks to your dental insurance, preventive care is typically covered at little to no cost.
If dental tourism is on your radar, take time to consider what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a lot cheaper to stay home, see your dentist regularly, and take care of your teeth.
Who wants to spend their vacay recovering and regretting, rather than resting and relaxing? Make your next vacation about the latter R and R.