Finding a Safe Dentist in Mexico, One Vetted by Americans

Finding a safe dentist is not guess work.
Finding a safe dentist while eliminating the guess work.

Finding a safe dentist in Mexico is the same as finding a safe one anywhere — do your homework. Ask people you trust for a recommendation. And if you have the chutzpah, visit their office and check the credentials on their wall.

Finding a Safe Dentist Beats Taking Chances

Because if you don’t vet wherever you are, you could put yourself in the wrong hands.

Even if you get a recommendation from someone rich and famous in Los Angeles, you’re still not perfectly safe. Maybe you saw that the dentist to the stars had to turn in her license. She herself was featured on the plastic surgery makeover show, The Swan.

Furthermore, Canadians are not exempt either. The parents of a young patient crumbled when their child was harmed. At her dentist visit, the four-year old went into a coma.

Finding a Safe Dentist When Authorities Keep Quiet

The US government and the US dental establishment warn us about relying on an affordable dentist in a low-cost country like Mexico. But they keep mum about risks at home:

* The number of malpractice payments against dentists, 2012–2014, increased from 1,388 to 1,555. That’s payouts. That does not count the suits without payouts. That does not count the patients who could not afford to hire a lawyer or prefer to steer clear of money-grabbing litigators.

* More than 100 dentists from Georgia and Texas are leading a class action lawsuit against the huge US corporation, 3M, claiming the manufacturer’s Lava Ultimate dental crowns are defective and have a “shockingly high” failure rate.

* Henry Schein Inc, the largest seller of dental amalgam (mercury fillings, and a flu vaccine seller as well), has been hit with multiple lawsuits; plaintiffs allege Schein executives bought two health compliance companies to bury them.

Seems like if authorities who claim to protect the health of Americans want to be totally fair, they’d broadcast these facts, too.

Finding a Safe Dentist by Having a Pro Vet

In our own case, we could no longer afford American dentists and doctors. So we looked to our neighbor to the south. We focused on the biggest expat community of Americans and Canadians outside of the US and Canada. Because they know the terrain, they don’t return for a root canal. Instead, they employ the local talent.

We asked everybody we knew and then some to recommend the best. And then we vetted those dentists. From those enjoying the best reputations, we selected our few.

Most noteworthy, Debbie VanArsdel, one of our co-founders, is a retired nurse inspector for the State of California. She knows all the standards and what to look for. She visited their offices, inspected their equipment, determined their credentials, ascertained their prices — and all in English.

Still, the first time we sat in the dental chair in Mexico, we were a bit antsy, naturally. But the result could not have turned out more satisfactory. And in some ways, it was better than using our hometown dentist. Because in Mexico, even the professionals with advanced degrees are friendlier, wittier, more relaxed, not in a hurry to get you in and out, and put a hand on your shoulder in normal conversation.

When the time comes, ask DocTours to be your concierge. We’ll take care of all the details. And take care of you, too.


Author: jeffery

Traveler, Next-Pat, organizer of for-profits and non-profits, author published in both the popular and academic press (usually on "geonomics" or ecological economics), and inventor of non-polluting engine, conscious-raising language, and other goodies.

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