We take a look at the downside of going to a dentist in Mexico for more affordable dental work. Here are the 5 reasons to avoid getting dental work done in Mexico.
In a study released in 2016 by the American Journal of Infection Control, over a period of 20 years 7,383 test samples were taken from dentists in Mexico. Of the 7,383 tests, 753 sterilization failures were recorded. Making the failure rate of sterilization of dental tools in Mexico 10.2%.
Apparently, many of the dentists among the participants ignored sterilization cycle parameters and failed to read the sterilization equipment's thermometer and pressure indicator dial. Also, because of the diversity of autoclave design and performance, the manufacturer's specific written instructions must always be followed for each particular model and load configuration.
The use of Biological verification of sterilization cycles (BVSC), to this day, remains unknown to most dentists in Mexico. The study goes on to say, "Health authorities, schools of dentistry, professional associations, and industry must support education efforts to help improve patient safety in dental clinics in Mexico."
Sterilization monitoring in the United States is nothing to scoff at. There are extensive tests done in every office, every day, for biological monitoring and spore testing.
No Mandatory Continued Education
In the United States and Canada, dentists and dental professionals have to take a minimum hours of continued education (CE) every 2 to 3 years to maintain their licence. These hours help them keep up to date on their skills, knowledge base, and the latest in technological advancements in the dental industry.
Once a dentist in Mexico gets his licence, he's not required to renew it, much less keep up to date with industry standards. So while a dentist may have 20 years experience in dentistry, the last time he went to school was probably in 1999.
Dental standards and regulations are constantly being updated in the United States. This is another huge advantage that dentists on this side of the border have over their Mexican counter parts.
Unqualified or Rushed Dental Work
General dentists in Mexico only need a licence to perform dental procedures in Mexico. That means they've only had 4 years of schooling. So just because they have a dental licence doesn't mean that they are qualified to perform a root canal, extract a tooth, or put in a dental implant.
A prosthodontist in the United States has 3 additional years of schooling in order to be able to perform dental surgery to give you a complete smile make-over. An orthodontist likewise also has an additional 3 years of schooling to be able to administer Invisalign treatment.
Another major problem in Mexican dental offices is rushed dental work. Fast dental work is often advertised, but in order for you to get quality work, more than one or two dental visits may be required. Often these dentist will skip dental protocols or use low-quality and fast dental labs.
Dental implants are an especially risky procedure to have done in Mexico. Often they lack the proper equipment to create same day dental crowns, or will skip a step in order to avoid additional dental appointments which you will not be able to make due to distance and money required to travel back to the office.
Another downside to getting work in Mexico is that often if you get bad dental work done, there is no way to get your money back. In the US it's possible to file a complaint with a dental board if you receive bad dental work. You can also let everyone know about your terrible experience by leaving a bad review. In Mexico, you are left with no recourse to receive a refund or compensation for the bad work. All the research and planning you do to get the work done may be in vain if the work is bad, and the dentist refuses to refund your money.
At Patriot Family Dental, we strive to make our diagnosis, treatment, procedures, insurance and financial options easy to understand for every patient. It's of vital importance that the patient understands every aspect of the treatment they are about to receive so that they are comfortable and relaxed going into the procedure. This may not be possible if there is a language barrier or if certain terms and conditions are not fully understood. Even if the dentist in Mexico speaks fluent English, there may still be misunderstanding when translating words from Spanish to English. It might also be disconcerting if the dentist and hygienist speak among themselves in Spanish the whole time.
In the first 3 months of 2019, 8,493 people were murdered in Mexico from January 1st to March 30th. That's a 9.6% increase from 2018, and the trend is not getting any better. Reports indicate that Tijuana and Juarez, just on the other side of the border, lead Mexico and the entire Americas in homicides with more that 2,200 and 1,000 respectively in 2018.
Many dentists in Mexico advertise safe passage from a meeting location on the US side, or they will meet you on the Mexcan side of a designated bridge. But often, after the the procedure is done you will be asked to walk large distances back to the bridge and then wait in line for hours. That fact is there's no way to guarantee safe passage in a country that is being ravaged by war.
Patriot Family Dental Has Financial Options
These are just some of the major factors to consider when deciding on whether to get dental work done in Mexico. There is also no Care Credit available in Mexico. We have Care Credit available to all of our patients in the El Paso, TX area. Patriot Family Dental also has Dental Savings Plans available to those that qualify.
On top of these financial options we also except most dental insurance plans available, and we can explain every aspect of your insurance and all of our financial options. Our dental staff is friendly and professional. Call us today at 915.260.6575, or visit our Contact page to schedule an appointment.
As if we didn't need more reasons to eat cheese! A study published by the American Academy of General Dentistry found that eating cheese raised the pH levels in your mouth and lowered the risk of tooth decay. Cheese also contains calcium and protein which strengthens tooth enamel. Calcium contains hydroxyapatite which helps to strengthen all the bones in your body. Dairy products also contain casein, a protein which plays a vital role in stabalizing and protecting tooth enamel.
Like cheese and dairy, yogurt contains plenty of calcium needed to protect and strengthen you teeth. However, yogurt also contains probiotic, a healthy bacteria that crowds out the bad bacteria in your mouth to create a healthier oral biome. On top of that, yogurt balances pH levels in your mouth, making it hard for acidic loving bacteria to survive. Make sure to buy the sugarless, full fat, or Greek varieties of yogurt!
In addition to also containing high levels of calcium, leafy greens such as kale and spinach contain folic acid. Folic acid is a type of vitamin B that helps fight gum disease according to studies. Leafy greens also require a large amount of chewing to digest properly, which produces large amounts of saliva in the mouth and washes away unhealthy bacteria.
Almonds do wonders for your tooth because they are high in calcium and protein while also being low in sugar. Almonds also contains magnesium and phosphorous which supports calcium in building strong bones and tooth enamel. So basically, go nuts for healthy teeth!
Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are rich in minerals as well as vitamin D. Scientist have also linked omega-3 fatty acids in fish to lower rates of periodontal and gum disease due to their anti-inflammatory effects that fight inflammation caused by bacteria in the mouth.
Meat is great for oral health. In addition to being high in phosphorous, they're also high in all the minerals and nutrients mentioned above. Homemade broth made from meat bones are particularly high in all of these minerals and nutrients.
The antioxidants found in berries such as strawberries and cranberries fight the bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontal disease. Phytochemicals in raisins have been found to benefit oral health by fighting bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Berries such as strawberries and cranberies are packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants and also malic acid, which could even naturally whiten your teeth. Cranberries also have hydroxyapatite which blocks bacterial enzymes that create plaque.
In addition to foods that are healthy for teeth, there are also drinks that will assist in cavity prevention. Water always being the best of course for washing away food particle, but certain types of tea have also been know to help oral health. Black and green teas contain polyphenols which slow the growth of bacteria related to tooth decay and gum disease. They also contain antioxidants which help combat inflammation.
Other Benificial Foods
Foods with honorable mention include garlic, ginger, celery, apples, onions, and black coffee. There are many different foods that benefit your teeth, but there are also those that are not so good for you. It's important to do your research to be able to determine which foods to avoid and which to consume more
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Ask Our Dentist in El Paso, TX
At Patriot Family Dental, we frequently get asked certain dental questions repeatedly. So in an effort to answer them preemptively, we are writing this blog post. There are many concerns regarding dental treatments and hygiene. We understand your concerns and are here to answer any and all of your questions. Our knowledgeable staff are friendly and care about providing you with the best dental care in El Paso.
1. What are my options to repair a cracked or broken tooth?
A cracked or broken tooth usually happens with severe dental trauma or tooth decay. The pain can sometimes be overwhelming, but thankfully there are many options that our dentist and staff can offer for repairing or replacing the tooth. The following is a list of dental treatment options that are available to you at our dental office in Northeast El Paso.
2. How often should I see the dentist?
This is one of the dental question that we get asked most often. Most dentists will recommend that you schedule a visit every 6 months. But each individual patient has their own dental situation and the dentist will usually let you know if you need to come into the office more often and what dental treatments you will need to receive.
3. How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing should be the first place to start with whitening your teeth. Scheduling an exam and teeth cleaning at Patriot Family dental will also improve the whiteness of your teeth. A regular exam and cleaning is the best way to maintain good oral health.
Our dental clinic also offers in-house Zoom! teeth whitening. In-office teeth whitening is the safest procedure our dental office provides and will brighten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. The procedure will take about an hour and we regularly have discounts that can be taken advantage of. Call our office today, our friendly staff will answer any questions you will have.
4. Should I use a home whitening kit?
Take home whitening kits are also a good way to whiten your teeth. Patriot Family dental has Flashwhite take home kits that were specially designed to be a safe and affordable way to whiten your teeth. Flashwhite isn't like the other home whitening kits out there. Our dentist designed Flashwhite to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home and are formulated to achieve maximum results in only 10 minutes. Flashwhite uses patented heat & light acceleration technology for fast & easy results without sensitivity.
5. Why should I have dental X-rays taken?
Dental X-rays are pictures of your teeth taken by our staff to help the dentist evaluate the state of your teeth and prescribe a proper treatment. Without dental X-rays, many of your dental problems would go undiagnosed. In recent years X-rays have become even safer, emitting only a nominal amount of radiation. Patriot Family Dental also only takes X-rays when they are necessary.
6. Why is my tooth sensitive?
The enamel of your tooth is a hard protective layer that protects your teeth. When the enamel is worn thin because of trauma, decay, or age, sensitive nerve endings inside the tooth become exposed. This exposure disturbs the nerve endings causing discomfort and pain. The best thing to do is schedule an appointment with our professional dental staff to take care of the sensitivity before further decay occurs.
7. At what age should my child first see a dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) your child should see a dentist about 6 months after the first tooth has erupted. It's also very important that the child's primary baby teeth be left in place until they are lost naturally to avoid orthodontic complications.
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Because our military men and women bravely serve all of us, Patriot Family Dental has made an effort to support military events and provide discounts on our dental services.
Patriot Family Dental is conveniently located next to Ft. Bliss in Northeast El Paso, TX . We are in between Walmart and Planet Fitness off of the Patriot Freeway and Kentworthy. The nearest neighbohoods are Northhills East/West and Mesquite Hills.
We proudly serve military families with compassionate care and professionalism. We appreciate your sacrifice you make for our country, so our goal is to provide the best dental care in El Paso.
Patriot Family Dental is also now in Network with TriCare, which makes us even more accessible to military families. This is all just our little way of saying, "Thank you for your service!"
Schedule an appointment with us or call us now at (915) 260-6575. We hope to see you soon!
Here at Patriot Family Dental in El Paso, we pride ourselves on making the process of coming to the dentist as convenient as possible for our patients. We know most people work on the weekdays and sometimes it is difficult to get time off to see the dentist. That's why we are open on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
Our dental practice offers convenient Saturday hours with a highly skilled and experienced dental team. Our dental clinic is state of the art, and highly qualified to provide dental emergency care during our Saturday hours of operation.
Come in and schedule an appointment today, or call (915) 260-6575 to set up your next Saturday dental visit.
Patriot Family Dental is now in network with TRICARE! We’re proud to serve the many military families from Fort Bliss who use the TRICARE dental program for their dental health needs. We believe every family should have access to the best dental care El Paso has to offer, so we accept TRICARE as a payment option at our office conveniently located next to Fort Bliss.
Patriot Family Dental's Tricare dental insurance program is available to all active duty family members, members of selected reserves, family members of the selected reserves, individual of ready reserve, unmarried children under age 21 or age 23 if full time college student.
We are a high quality TRICARE dentist with your dental care needs as our highest priority. If you have TRICARE Dental insurance benefits, you can start an appointment with our office by filling out the form below or calling us at (915) 260-6575.