Top 3 Dental Tourism Myths

Did you know that 1/3 of Americans don’t have dental insurance? The good news is that there are affordable, safe dental practices in Mexico that are a fraction of the cost and have the same health standards as U.S. practices. When people hear about dental tourism in Mexico they often think it’s unsafe, their insurance doesn’t cover it and that lower cost means lower quality of care – but all of these stereotypes are FALSE.

The following are the top three myths of dental tourism:

Myth 1: Low Cost Means Low Quality
Low costs are due to a lower cost of operation, not a lower quality of care. In fact, there are dental offices in Mexico that are in-network members of U.S. insurance providers. DentiCenter is an in-network provider of two of the largest insurance carriers in the U.S. and is consistently reviewed according to U.S. Quality Assurance Programs.

Myth 2: Health Insurance Doesn’t Cover Dental Tourism
Dental tourism is an affordable option for the 47 million uninsured Americans and it’s also very beneficial for those with health insurance. Most dental plans only cover a percentage of procedures, leaving it to the patient to pay high fees and copays for basic dental care. Because dental facilities like DentiCenter are in-network providers of U.S. insurance companies, insured patients can also benefit from more affordable dental fees and copays.

Myth #3: Traveling to Mexico is Unsafe
All six DentiCenter locations are within minutes of the U.S.-Mexico border. For example, DentiCenter’s Tijuana location is in Baja California’s federal zone, the safest area in Tijuana.  It’s just 150 yards from the San Ysidro border and safe, reliable transportation services are available for patients. DentiCenter also provides a shuttle service from the San Diego airport for those traveling from out of town.

Take care and SMILE!

Dr. Juan Pablo Eng

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