As a mother raising five kids I have struggled with ways to get them to brush their teeth. Three of my kids are now adults with two in their tweens and early teens. I also have a four-year grandson and one-year-old granddaughter, whom I babysit often (so much for thinking I was past dealing with toddlers). Would you believe that it’s not just little ones you have to make sure their teeth are being looked after with regular brushing?
Would you go overseas to go to the dentist to save money?
I hate going to the dentist! It is literally one of my phobias, well that and green-ants. Why green-ants you ask? Well, their bite stings for hours, a bit like getting a tooth pulled (well, in my opinion, anyway). I am not fond of the numbing needles at the dentist. I’ve been told I have a low pain threshold. Who would have guessed!
And why did I have to get my tooth pulled? Because I put off going to the dentist.
But the biggest reason I don’t like going to the dentist. The COST! The cost hurts the most.
How many times have you made a new purchase that you were satisfied with, not only something that you had wanted for good and justifiable reasons, but also, because it just gave you pleasure to be the proud owner of that item? Let’s say, a new mobile phone, just as an example.
Then someone, maybe a friend or loved one, maybe a stranger, goes out of their way to admire it, swelling your pride a little that someone has recognised your discerning and sophisticated tastes.
Then they have the nerve to say, “If you don’t mind me asking, how much did you pay for that?”
Are you living the Australian dream? Almost? Half-way there?
What happens to that dream when your hard work, the savings, and the planning and sacrificing that you’ve done come face to face with a broken tooth, a unavoidable root canal, tooth replacement, or orthodontic therapy that can’t be put off any longer?
An expensive, unexpected dental bill can set you back months or even years in your planning. Not only is it a big headache to deal with, it can have real consequences in the quality of your family’s life now and in the future.
In recent years, dental tourism has developed as a result of soaring dental prices in Australia. To be fair, the high prices in Australia are justifiable to a high degree.
Imagine a universe in which you control a most precious substance.
A substance so valuable and rare that kings across the universe come to your throne room, prostrate themselves before you and offer you vast sums of treasure and pledges of eternal fealty for the privilege to manage your treasure.
Not just one king, but many kings come. You can question them and peer into their hearts to determine who is worthy and who is not.
You might not have galactic kings coming to your throne room to pledge their undying service and loyalty to you, but you can have the next best thing:
According to the AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) in 2013:
One-third of Australians were putting off dental appointments due to prohibitively high costs.
Twenty percent of those who did visit a dentist opted to not have the recommended treatment because it was too expensive.
The number of people on the waiting list for public dental care was about 650,000 and many had been waiting for as long as two years.
Forty-four percent of uninsured Australians were avoiding seeing a dentist altogether.
These statistics from the AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) paint a discouraging picture of dental health services at that time.
Since then, the Australian economy has had some ups and downs, but has remained basically stagnant. Chances are, the above statistics are still pretty accurate, and the economic situation of many Australians is probably even more bleak than two or three years ago.
Children are little packages of love and joy that also cost a lot of money to raise and care for. Of course, we all love them, but we also know that they always need something, either necessary or new. Dental health is one of the important, necessary expenses that parents have to deal with in the course of raising a child.
Over the past 15 years, the cost of health care in Australia has steadily increased. According to the AIHW (the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare), the number of people that have delayed dental treatment or put it off altogether, for economic reasons has risen steadily for over a decade.
You have a toothache that you can’t ignore any longer. You need to find a dentist soon. Perhaps you just recently moved to a new town; your regular dentist retired or is on vacation; or your teeth have seemed just fine without dental care and you haven’t ever had to find a dentist before.
For whatever reason, you don’t know a good dentist.
How do you find a good one?
THE ALLURE of dental treatments overseas at prices that seem too good to be true is a strong temptation. But remember:
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Here are three of the serious drawbacks that every person considering overseas treatment should consider.
1. POST-PROCEDURE COMPLICATIONS:
We all like to think positive and trust that our dental procedures will be completed quickly, painlessly, and permanently. In reality, this is often not the case, especially in procedures that require more than simple, surface treatments of the tooth’s crown.
Why do you need to rethink the sugary drinks you consume? A simple question requires a simple answer. Drinking too much sugar-sweetened beverages can harm your oral health and overall wellbeing.
Sugary and acidic beverages such as soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks are linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.