5 Red Flags to Watch Out for When Booking a Dentist in Mexico

December 6, 2023

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In recent years, dental tourism has become attractive for those seeking affordable dental care without compromising quality. With the promise of lower costs and the opportunity to explore new destinations, booking a dentist abroad is a great and viable idea for some patients. However, it's essential to exercise caution and be aware of potential pitfalls. In this blog post, we'll highlight five red flags to watch out for when considering dental treatment overseas.

5 Red Flags that you should keep in mind when looking for dentists in Mexico or elsewhere in the world

Lack of Proper Accreditation and Credentials:

One of the most critical aspects of selecting a dentist at home or abroad is their professional qualifications and credentials. Before booking an appointment, ensure relevant local or international dental associations accredit the dental clinic. Research the dentist's qualifications, years of experience, and any specialized training they may have undergone. Trustworthy dental professionals will be transparent about their education and certifications.

Inadequate Facilities and Sterilization Practices:

Health and safety standards vary from country to country, and dental clinics may not always adhere to the same stringent regulations as those in your home country. Before committing to treatment, visit the clinic or thoroughly research their facilities and sterilization practices. A clean and well-maintained clinic is crucial to avoid the risk of infections and complications during or after dental procedures.

Unrealistically Low Prices:

While cost savings are often a driving factor for seeking dental treatment abroad, be cautious if the prices seem too good. Extremely low prices could indicate subpar materials, outdated technology, or even inexperienced practitioners. Always request a breakdown of costs and inquire about the materials and equipment used for procedures. Remember, quality dental care is an investment in your health, and compromising on it could lead to more significant issues in the long run.

Limited Communication and Language Barriers:

Clear communication with your dentist is essential to ensure that your treatment plan aligns with your needs and preferences. Booking a dentist abroad becomes risky when there are significant language barriers or if the clinic's staff cannot effectively communicate in a language you understand. Miscommunication can lead to misunderstandings about treatment options, post-operative care, and potential complications.

Lack of Comprehensive Treatment Plans:

At home or abroad, we will provide a comprehensive treatment plan outlining the procedures, costs, and expected outcomes. Be cautious if a dental clinic abroad hesitates to provide detailed information about your treatment plan or rushes you into making decisions without a clear understanding of the procedures involved. A lack of transparency can lead to unexpected costs and unsatisfactory results.

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While dental tourism can offer an appealing blend of cost savings and travel experiences, it's crucial to be vigilant and discerning when booking a dentist abroad. When looking for dental implants, porcelain veneers, composite veneers, or any other dental treatment abroad, thoroughly research your chosen dental clinic, verify their credentials, inspect their facilities, and prioritize effective communication to avoid potential pitfalls. Remember, oral health is a significant part of your overall well-being, and compromising on the quality of dental care should never be an option, regardless of the destination.

Fortunately, Globalcare can help to make your dental travel experience more accessible and safer.

What is Globalcare?

Globalcare is a network of pre-vetted dentists and clinics outside the US. You can now browse, select, and meet the best dentist and destination for your needs, with help from our team along the way. We currently have clinics and dentists in Mexico (Cancun, Tijuana, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta) and in Colombia (Bogota)

How can we help you?

  • Get treated by a curated network of pre-vetted and highly experienced dentists: We have personally met, pre-selected, and scored every clinic and dentist in our network to ensure you will be in good hands.
  • Get personalized service and human attention: Our bilingual team is committed to meeting your unique needs and providing end-to-end support, ensuring you feel comfortable and have all your questions answered before heading to the plane.
  • Receive Transparent quotes and cost estimates: Every case differs, but we know you hate surprises. (We all do!) We’ll always be transparent about pricing and about things that might change.
  • Unlock excellent travel benefits when booking through us: We offer special pricing with our preferred hotel partners and complimentary ground transportation, and we will also recommend where to stay based on your dental treatment plans.

GlobalScore - Our proprietary scoring system

We focus on transparency and trust.

GlobalScore helps you break through the noise and see precisely what makes the doctors in our network great.

Our scoring system has been created in collaboration with Medical and Dental Care experts from our Medical Advisory Board. It helps us pre-screen doctors before accepting them into our network, ensuring they meet all our required criteria. This way, you can feel confident that professionals will treat you with extensive experience treating international patients and providing top-quality care. You can see more about our scoring system here.

Overall Score

GlobalScore comprises four sections that aim to build a complete picture of our doctors and clinics so that you can make a sound, informed decision. From the basics to the nuanced, we leave no stone unturned. Our scoring system was crafted with your overall experience in mind, encompassing the clinical and the non-clinical aspects of your end-to-end experience. The four sections are 1) Qualifications and Credentials, 2) Doctors Experience, 3) Location and Facilities, and 4) Patient Experience. Scroll down for more details.

Qualifications and Credentials

We ensure doctors have studied and been trained in recognized institutions and are correctly certified to practice. You can rest assured that every doctor in the Globalcare Network has confirmed and provided evidence to us of theirspecialization, training, certifications, recognitions, and memberships.

  • Quality of academic background, with a unique distinction for doctors with US-based training
  • Level of specialty
  • Board Certifications
  • Associations and Memberships

Doctor's Experience

We carefully evaluate the level of expertise of all the doctors we accept in our network. We aim to ensure that every doctor in our network has extensive experience and a strong track record in their specialty. This way, you can rest assured that you are in capable and trustworthy hands.

  • Years of experience
  • Number of procedures performed
  • Experience with international patients
  • Scientific Activity & Research
  • Academic Positions at Recognized Universities

Location and Facilities

As part of our evaluation process, we assess the doctors' workplace, considering the clinic's facilities and equipment quality and the location where it is based.

  • Destination and Clinic Location Safety
  • Clinic's Technology and equipment
  • Cleanliness and comfort of facilities
  • Convenience of clinic location (Near quality hotels, restaurants, and means of transportation)
  • Accessibility features

Patient Experience

We aim to ensure that clinics and doctors are fully prepared to provide international patients with an exceptional experience. We closely examine the processes implemented by clinics to cater to individuals who may be traveling for their appointments and are unfamiliar with the local language or destination.

  • Verified Online Reviews
  • English speaking Doctor & Staff
  • Payment options & acceptance of insurance
  • Tailored paperwork for international patients
  • Transparency of information online available for patients

How does booking with Globalcare work?

Whether you are looking for Dental Implants, All-on-4, All-on-6, Dentures, Veneers, or other procedures, we know it'soverwhelming to navigate online not knowing who to trust. We are here for you.

With our proprietary scoring system, our closed network of high-quality doctors and Clinics, and our integrated and secure patient portal, we'll help you get affordable dental treatments in Mexico or Latin America. The best part? It's free!

1. Browse

Browse our curated network of pre-vetted Dental Specialists in Mexico and Latin America. With our personalized support and access to various resources and tools, finding the perfect specialist to meet your needs has never been easier.

2. Prepare

Want to know the estimated cost of getting Dental Implants or Veneers in Mexico? Get a free non-binding assessment with the help of our experts and arrange a complimentary 1-1 conversation with your Dentist so you get to know them before deciding.

3. Get a personalized estimate

Leverage our free and secure patient portal to share X-rays and other information to help our Dentists give you an accurate treatment plan. Get a detailed, customized treatment plan and estimate, and find the right Dentists for your needs!

4. Book

Ready to move forward? We'll help you find available dates that work for you. Book your dental appointments directly with Globalcare and access great benefits (including special pricing with Marriot and other boutique hotels and complimentary ground transportation).

5. Get Care

Travel to incredible destinations for high-quality care with our pre-vetted Dentists in Mexico and Latin America.

6. Rate & Promote

Spread the word! Rate, share feedback, and provide testimonials. Millions are looking for affordable Dentists they can trust. Our mission is to make it easier and safer to get high-quality and affordable dental care abroad!

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