Travel agencies have different kinds of package deals to attract tourists. A package tour is sometimes inclusive with hotel accommodation, transportation facilities, discounts, free admission to tourist sites, and insurance. In return, this type of arrangement is beneficial to the client because he has an opportunity to have an enjoyable visit overseas with exciting add-ons for an affordable price.
At present, this is an ordinary tourism concept especially during holidays. However, there is a kind of tourism comes with a unique reward where you can get more than a souvenir. A remembrance you could actually bring with you as you go back home. It comes with a dazzling smile, not in a form of pictures, but with flashy pearly whites – your teeth. A memorable souvenir, right?
This is not a new strategy in the travel industry, yet the hype for what they call Dental Tourism is still on and continues to flourish. As defined by American Dental Association (Resolution 28H-2008) it is “the act of traveling to another county for the purpose of obtaining dental treatment”. It is a tourism idea introduced by Western regions particularly in the America and Europe.
What is the reason behind Dental Tourism?
Is it due to laziness or the fear of dentists? Not plausible explanations though. Dental treatments or dental cosmetics are quite expensive in the Western areas. To resolve this they came up with a concept of going outside their borders to seek dental care because of the cheaper cost.
It is like hitting two birds with one stone. You’ll accomplish the main reason of going abroad: to seek dental assistance cut for your budget. Moreover, you can have a great chance seeing tourist spots on a foreign land. You’ll get a one-of-a-kind relaxation before or after your session. The dental tourism hotspots are Mexico, Costa Rica, Hungary, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.
The most important factor you should consider before undergoing such agreement is the quality of dental service of the country of your choice. It is not all about the state-of-the-art medical equipment and modern medical facilities. You must assess carefully the dentist’s reputation on how he handles his patients. The safe course of action is by referrals because you’ll have a first-hand account of the patient’s experience. You can also rely on “word of mouth” or online testimonials/reviews but these should be regard as a secondary source.
Remember that you are going to have a dental surgery across the ocean or between thousands of miles. You can’t simply return and complain in a snap. It is not the destination or the new places you’ll visit matters. Don’t forget that your main priority is having your teeth restored and not for leisure purposes. You must be aware that you’re taking a huge risk of allowing a complete stranger to handle your precious teeth and the dentist’s location is on another country. A country that is unfamiliar to you. It may be cheap and you can have a chance to visit awesome places, but is it worth the risk?