When most people think of tourism in Mexico, they think of people sunbathing on the beaches of Cancun or exploring Mayan temples at Chichen Itza. However, many people are coming to Mexico not for pleasure, but rather to receive dental care. This is known as Mexican Dental Tourism.
People generally travel to Mexico from places such as the United States to receive dental care, because dental care in Mexico is generally cheaper than the available care in those people's homelands. The amount that people can save by participating in Mexican Dental Tourism can be quite large.
For example, according to a report by NPR, the cost of dental procedures in Mexico is generally two thirds less than the cost of the same procedure in the United States. The main reasons dental care is cheaper in Mexico is because of the lower educational costs, liability insurance prices, and overhead costs associated with doing business as a dentist.
Some American dentists worry that patients will not receive the same level of care in Mexico as they would in the United States. However, with most medical procedure being an out of pocket expense and dental costs continually rising, it is unlikely this trend will stop any time soon.