What Is Dental Tourism?

The word ‘tourism’ usually conjures up pictures of people lounging on a tropical beach or exploring famous attractions in a new city. But there is a new type of tourism that has been in the news lately: dental tourism. This is the type of tourism where tourists go to foreign countries to get dental care.

Here are some things we want patients of our LN Dental Chester Hill to know about this new reason for traveling.


Where People Go?

Many countries are advertising to be destinations for medical tourists, including dental tourists. Some of the more popular countries include Argentina, Malaysia, Thailand, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Why People Do It?

Most people do it because they want to receive low-cost dental care. Dental care in less developed countries, such as those mentioned, is often less expensive. People can often take a vacation—and receive the dental treatment they need for less than they would pay in a more developed country.

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Potential Dangers of Dental Tourism

Dental care does cost less in many of these dental tourism destinations, but that doesn’t mean it is necessarily a good idea to do it.

Standards for infection control may not be the same in some of these countries where dentists might reuse gloves or needles, putting patient safety at risk.

Language barriers can be another issue. If you are at a dentist who speaks a different language, communication is difficult. There can be misunderstandings that impact the type of treatment you receive.

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There is a lack of care continuity when you travel to a foreign country to receive dental treatment. The dentist will not know your personal or medical history, and it is difficult to get follow-up care if needed.

It might seem tempting to travel for cheaper dental care, but remember that you may not get the same high-quality dental care you can get at LN Dental Chester Hill general dentist. By taking good care of your oral health at home and visiting the dentist twice each year for check-ups and cleans, you can help ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy—and problems can be identified and fixed while they are still small.

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