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10 FACTS ABOUT DENTAL TOURISM IN MEXICO: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO 

If you need to save cash on expensive dental treatments or surgery, you need to consider having the procedure done in a dental clinic in paradise.
Yes, travelling to Mexico for dental care can save your teeth – and save you a lot of money. But before you choose to go, you need to understand how to choose wisely. So you’re about to learn the 10 facts you need to know before deciding on a dental vacation in Mexico.
If you’re new to dental tourism, it’s a booming sector in both the health and travel industries. Trips to the dentist in Canada and the U.S. are incredibly expensive. Of course, it’s no surprise that more and more Canadians and Americans want to visit a dentist in Mexico. Cities such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Puerto Vallarta are considerable hotspots for dental tourists.
You might wonder if visiting the dentist in Mexico means sacrificing quality, but if you are well-informed, you will be well rewarded. For less than the price of one root canal and crown in Canada or the US, you can get a root canal and crown, plus a memorable vacation in Cancun (find out how to make it extra memorable here). If you need more elaborate procedures, such as bridges, or a full smile makeover, your savings will increase exponentially by opting for a dental vacation in Mexico. Not to mention, your smile will also grow bigger, healthier, and more beautiful.
Here are 10 things you need to know when planning dental care in Mexico:
1. Crowns, root canals, smile makeovers, and more …
Dental work in Mexico is significantly more affordable than in Canada or the United States.
So, is it cheaper to get dental work done in a Mexico dental clinic? If you consider 50 to 70 per cent in savings, then yes, it is. And if you don’t consider 50 to 70 per cent in savings cheaper, you may need to re-do Grade 4 math. One of the key reasons Canadians and Americans choose to travel to Mexico for their oral health is the low, low cost of dental treatments, accompanied by the same quality of care you’d expect in Canada or the U.S.
You might not be able to afford a crown and root canal in Toronto, Montreal, Miami, or Houston, but you can afford a Mexican vacation – plus a dental treatment by a reputable dentist in Mexico – for less than the cost of the treatment itself in Canadian or American dental clinics.
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2. The quality of dental care in Mexico is comparable to that in Canada and the U.S.A.
A frequent misconception is that you’re compromising on the quality of service when you go to a Mexican dentist. In reality, the dental services in Mexico are often just as good as what you would find in Canada or the U.S. First-time dental tourists are usually surprised at just how great the dental facilities are in Mexico.
Dental tourism is a big business for the Mexican economy and, as such, it is treated with care and consideration for foreigners. Many dental clinics are mostly devoted to visitors. This means they understand the expectations and quality of service to which you’re accustomed. This also means that to get repeat business and positive word-of-mouth, they need to provide excellent care and results that keep people coming back.
3. Know why you’re going … 
Do you have a toothache? Well, it could be a cracked tooth in need of a root canal and crown. Perhaps you have an infection too. You should visit your local dental care provider for an evaluation and necessary imaging. Your local dentist will also give you a quote for your treatment plan. You’ll likely be floored by that price. But don’t worry. You can email or WhatsApp your diagnostic imaging to the dental clinic of your choice in Mexico. This will ensure a more accurate quote, and the dentist will also know how to properly organize your appointments during your dental vacation. Then you’ll be floored again – except this time it will be the Mexican dentist’s low, low quote that floors you.
4. Dental work is cheaper in Mexico because rent and labour are cheaper. And because …
One of the main reasons that it’s so cheap to go to the dentist in Mexico is the price of labour. A Mexican dental practice can hire staff for significantly less money than they could in the U.S.A. Minimum wage in Mexico is about 14.25 USD — a day.
This means Mexican dentists can afford to offer services such as dental crowns for much less than dentists in Canada or the United States. But, don’t worry, cheaper labour doesn’t mean a less-qualified dentist; it simply means the cost of living is lower in Mexico. Which is great news for Canadian and American dental tourists.
Dental procedures are also more affordable in Mexico because dentists don’t have the same insurance requirements as in Canada and the U.S., nor do they carry the same debt many North American dentists accrue from university since Mexicans often receive dental education subsidies from the government.
5. Lab services are way less expensive.
You don’t always have to make the trip down to Mexico to save money. You can also send lab work to be completed in Mexico, where it is much more affordable. If you work with a qualified Mexican lab, the results will be perfectly valid for use in Canada and the U.S. Some dentists in Canada or the U.S. even get their lab work done in Mexico – and then sell it to their patients at inflated prices.
6. Yes, many Mexican dentists speak English.
Perhaps the only Spanish you know is cerveza or Margarita. (You can learn more Spanish here for your trip to Mexico.) You can still see a dentist in Mexico without worrying about language barriers. Many Mexican dentists and their staff speak English very well. A big reason for this is the number of tourists who visit Mexico for dental tourism. Another reason is the number of Mexican dentists who studied dentistry at Canadian or American universities. To avoid any challenges, just make sure you research the practice before booking your trip. Also, finish reading this article so you’ll be extra well-informed.
7. Mexican tourism myths. 
There is a misconception amongst some Canadians and Americans that it is dangerous to visit Mexico. Of course, there are some areas that you should avoid. But you can also list some places in your Canadian or American city that you should avoid. As long as you do your research beforehand, you will find that visiting Mexico is quite safe. Popular dental tourism cities, such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Merida, and Puerto Vallarta, for instance, are all relatively safe.
For many Mexican towns, dental tourism is an essential industry that the local economy depends on, so you can expect to be treated with respect.
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8. Dental tourism is easier to book than you think.
People often worry they will have issues setting up an entire dental vacation: booking appointments, air travel, ground transportation, and accommodations. The good news is that many Mexican dentists frequently treat dental vacationers. Before you go, they will consult with you to set up your appointment or multiple appointments, depending on your treatment plan. Some will also provide complimentary transportation between your hotel and the clinic. Often, they can help with transportation between the airport and the hotel, too.
Not sure where to stay? Ask your Mexican dentist. They can likely suggest the best hotels as well. So don’t let arranging a vacation rule out dental tourism and the possibility of saving thousands of dollars. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much the Mexican dentist can help.
9. You can travel after having dental work done.
Yes, you can travel following dental work. It is possible that if you’ve had an extraction or something that requires stitches, your dentist will recommend waiting three days before air travel. Sometimes, the dentist may book a follow-up appointment before you depart to ensure everything has gone perfectly well.
A good Mexican dentist will work with you to do everything possible to accommodate your travel schedule. Remember, dental tourism is an important market segment for Mexican dentists. They want to provide you with the best dental care and customer service possible.
10. You can pay with credit card or debit.
It’s a common misconception that you’ll need to bring stacks of cash with you to Mexico to pay for your treatment. First, you should never walk around in any city, in any country with stacks of money. And Mexican dentists will usually accept Interac debit and credit cards such as VISA or Mastercard. If you’re unsure about what form of payment will be accepted, simply ask the dental clinic before you go.
As you have just learned, getting dental work done in Mexico is easier than you thought. Not only will you save a lot of cash, but you’re also getting comparable service to what you’d get in Canada or the U.S. — plus a vacation in a gorgeous destination.
So you can finally stop putting off your dental care now that you know you can afford it.
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