Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dental Tourism in Danger of Getting a Black Eye...

Certified Dentists Internationale Combats Bad Dental Tourism - Most dental tourism patients have a great experience, but some don't. And here's why.

By Sandra Jamala
Board Certified Asia Dental Association

Dental tourism today faces new challenges according to Ms. Carla Helena Sanchez the new Director of Certified Dentists Internationale.

“The expanding dental tourism industry is in danger of getting a black eye with many dental tourism websites and dental travel brokers promoting any dentist who is willing to pay their annual membership fees. The dentist membership fees can cost $1,500us or more per year and generate much valued high treatment patients for dentists in developing nations. 

The websites cannot possibly screen the credentials of the 1,000’s of dentists some agencies claim to list.  Consumers are often getting shoddy work from general dentists anxious to bag lucrative treatments by misrepresenting their qualifications to unsuspecting dental tourists."

The problem for the consumer is that over 85% of dentists on the planet are only general dentists - not formally trained or certified for the kind of advanced dentistry that most dental tourists require.” And many want to jump on the dental tourism gravy train.

The American Dental Association notes…”most dental tourism takes place in developing nations (Mexico, The Philippines, Thailand, India etc) and most of these countries do not restrict general dentists to performing only general dentistry" (cleanings, drilling and pulling teeth.)  

In the West, consumer protection laws prevent less-trained general dentists from attempting dental implants, root canals, oral surgery and other complicated procedures.

Ms. Sanchez continued: “Certified Dentists Internationale (CDI) endeavors to select only the very best board certified dentist applicants to join our association.  And compared to other dental agency websites – we are very inexpensive @ $100us for a standard membership.

 But unlike the commercial dental tourism websites – we don’t approve every applicant who pays us. We are very selective and do our due diligence on behalf of the patients.

Our Certified Dentist International members are among the very best with many being Presidents of their dental associations, dental specialist college professors, hospital maxillo-facial surgical department chiefs, award winners and guest lecturers at dental conventions.

Our members work closely with American Dental Association dentist members and their counterparts in other Western nations in coordinating patients who find dental travel a necessary convenience for a variety of reasons – the greatest being affordability. 

Certified Dentists Internationale staff assists potential dental travel patients select the right dentist for their case, gets free estimates, resumes, referrals, gives dental tourism advice and sets appointments without cost to the patient. 

And the patient doesn't lose sleep worrying about ending up in a the wrong dentist's chair for their dental implants or cosmetic dentistry. 

Carla H. Sanchez former Presidente’ of Board Certified Mexico Dentists Association will assume a Directorship in the new entity Certified Dentists Internationale responsible for overseeing it's expansion in Mexico and Asia.

By Sandra Jamala
President 2015-2016
Board Certified Asia Dental Association

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