Dental care is becoming increasingly expensive especially in the Unites States. By beginning of 2014, Statistics had projected a 26% increase in annual out-of-pocket payments for dental care services in the U.S. It is not surprising then that in 2014, an estimated 1.2 million Americans will opt to seek medical care outside their country. This trend basically stems from the fact that dental services are very costly in the U.S. and a significant portion of the population have no insurance yet the demand for the services is quite high. In fact, out of every four U.S. adults over the age of 65 have no teeth at all. Although a significant 172 million Americans are covered by private health insurance, 26% of them cannot access dental insurance. Other factors that greatly contribute to this include the high cost of education, high yearly wages and high staff salary per hour in the U.S. as compared to Mexico.
In light of all this, most Americans prefer to travel across the border to access quality yet affordable dental services. Mexico, being in close proximity to the U.S. is a popular destination receiving about 80,000 dental tourists annually. In Mexico, there are specific cities that have been developed to facilitate dental tourism. These include Cancun, Mexicali, Los Algodones and Tijuana. The cost of services comes across as affordable with great savings made for various procedures. Bone graft and gum surgery cost 90% and 80% less respectively in Mexico. The popular All on Four procedure costs 67% less in Mexico as compared to the U.S. Averagely, for every visit to Mexico, one gets to save between 40% and 65% of total costs