I’ve been told dental treatment is way more affordable in Mexico. Is it safe to go their for treatment?
Henry W. – New Mexico
I’m sure with you being so close to the border it is tempting to take a quick trip over and save some money. However, I want to caution you before you make a decision. First, Mexico doesn’t have the same standards in place for dentists that we do in the United States. Here are a few examples:
- Sterilization and Cleanliness are left up to the dentist as to whether or not they have a system in place. Some will be diligent and some will be negligent, which could lead to substantial infections.
- Dentists are not required to have any type of malpractice insurance. That means if things go arry, you will be at the mercy of the dentist as to what, if any steps are taken to repair the problem.
- There are no FDA regulations on materials. You could end up with substandard materials in your mouth.
You’ll have to weigh the risks and make a decision. There are ways to make your dental care here in the US more affordable. The first thing I would do is speak with your current dentist and ask him about payment options. Most have low and even no-interest payment plans. Some dentists even have discounts for patients who pay in case. I would just be forthcoming with your dentist and let him or her know your situation.
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