Health Risks vs Cost Savings in Dental Tourism

The biggest concerns for people travelling overseas for dental treatment are health risks. The biggest reason for taking inflated health risks is lower cost.

People should be very concerned, and rightly so, about health risks when travelling to countries that have few or no regulations regarding the competency of dental professionals, the facilities they operate in, and poor infrastructures which supply those facilities with water and other services.

Some of the dangerous, infectious diseases that can threaten patient health as a result of poor infrastructure and lax regulations are:
  • Hepatitis A: transmitted via food and water
  • Hepatitis B: contracted by exposure to blood/infectious materials
  • Hepatitis C: viral infection contracted through blood contact through needles and medical exposure
  • Typhoid fever: contracted by contact with faeces
  • Amoebiasis: water or food-borne parasite resulting in intestinal illness, can affect blood, brain, and spinal cord
  • Shigellosis: bacterial infection found in water and food polluted by faeces and contracted by hand-to-hand or hand-to-mouth contact.
  • Tuberculosis: transmitted by the air, contracted through coughing, sneezing or sputum

The training and experience of the dentists and staff are also important to consider, improper sanitation practices can put patients at risk.

Many people looking to save money on their dental bills find the websites of overseas providers. Some of them are very professionally made. They are easy to navigate, easy to look at, easy to find all the answers to common questions.

Not only are their websites enticing, but often, so are their services. They can be very quick to respond to inquiries, seem to show a special interest in the patient, offer services beyond dentistry to assure the potential patient that they will be treated well, kept safe and comfortable, and instill confidence in the provider.

Everything about the website, patient interaction, and logistical services are designed to compete with other dentists, both domestic and foreign, for your dental dollars.

However, the savvy dental patient must not forget this:

Easy to use websites, kind e-mails, and tourist services does NOT mean that they will receive high-quality, safe dental treatment in a well regulated, modern facility.

Nor do they replace the safety of an environment where infrastructure, particularly water utilities, are run safely and to very high standards.

Some of the health risks that you don’t have to worry about in Australia are common problems in poorer countries.

Water purity and sanitation abroad can be a problem. The drinking water is probably purified, but the water where the staff and patients wash their hands or use the toilets may not be. The doctors and staff are probably not required to be immunized against infectious diseases. These are dangers that the dental tourist should consider before deciding to go abroad for treatment.

Let DentalBid help you find affordable, safe, convenient dental providers before you decide to take a health risk abroad.

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  1. Go to the DentalBid website if you’re not already there
  2. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  3. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  4. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the easy to understand instructions.
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Dental Bills Killing the Australian Dream

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.

Higher fees for dental work in Australia are, to a large extent, due to:

  • Australia’s strict standards for medical professionals
  • High levels of education and training required to be licensed
  • High quality of service and workmanship available in Australia

That is all well and good except for the fact: if you can’t afford to pay for the dental work you need, all of those high standards and benefits don’t do you or your family any good at all.

This fact causes some to take substantial risks and gamble with their oral health by seeking dental work overseas.

What can you do if you are facing financially crippling fees for necessary dental work and you don’t want to risk your oral health (or that of a family member) by gambling with an overseas provider?

DENTALBID!

DentalBid is an effective, online tool to significantly lower costs on dental work.

This is a way for you to locate a dentist in a desired area, communicate what dental work you want to have performed, and allow dentists to bid on the work.

Advantages to you, the dental customer:
  • Save time and expense searching for available dental practices
  • Research the dental practices before you talk to them
  • Gather a variety of estimates from multiple practices
  • Entitled to a FREE 15 minute consultation in person, without obligation
  • Ability to negotiate fees before choosing a provider
  • SAVES YOU MONEY!
What do the dentists get out of this deal?
  • Contact with potential new patients
  • Potential to grow their practices
  • Potential contact with everyone that you know
  • Potential future business for years from you and your contacts
  • Motivation to please you and retain your patronage

Let DentalBid help you reach your version of the Australian dream by saving you money on dental and orthodontic work.

It’s easy to get discouraged and lose hope when it comes to the high costs of medical and dental care in Australia these days.

Let us help you to help yourself with this invaluable online tool that is easy to use and may save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. At the same time, making Australia’s high quality dental services financially accessible to you.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Go to br17001.com
  2. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  3. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  4. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

DentalBid helps you care for your teeth at competitive prices, and form positive relationships with highly qualified dentists in your area.

Children’s Dental Care Squeezing Parental Budgets

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.

Many parents prioritise their children’s dental care at the expense of their own oral health due to rising dental costs.

Healthcare, and specifically dental care costs have increased in recent decades for several reasons.

  • Healthcare has improved, but for a price. The costs of technological development, pharmaceutics, research, and advanced equipment have risen and with them, the costs of health services as well. As an integral part of health care, the expenses for dental care have ridden the same rising tide as the healthcare industry.
  • Demand has increased. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the population of Australia has been growing steadily at one to two percent for over the last 15 years. With increased population comes increased demand. With increased demand, comes increased rates.
  • Expectations and status associated with attractiveness have skyrocketed. Maintaining good oral health with the help of a good dentist is not the only burden that parents carry for their children. There is also the weight of

Very few people are born with perfect teeth, and the pressure on parents to provide orthodontic treatment for their children has increased. Physical appearance has always been a strong pressure point in the adolescent years.

Entertainment and social media has only increased the pressure to look perfect. When was the last time you saw a less-than-perfect celebrity? Probably not since the 70’s, if you can remember that far back.

New techniques in orthodontics allow patients to receive treatment with less pain and less cosmetic disruption. However, the newer methods are more expensive. This is yet a further burden on parents.

Almost everything in the health care industry, and especially oral health, seems to be costing more and more. What is a parent to do?

We are all facing rising dentist and orthodontic fees, and greater expectations of ourselves and the professionals that we employ.

What can one do to manage runaway costs and out-of-control spending?

DentalBid can provide relief.

Through our FREE service, you can put your dental situation out into the pool of participating dentists and orthodontists.

Participating dental professionals will send you bids, based on the description of the work that you supplied. You can compare rates, services, and locations to narrow down your choice of money saving candidates.

You can even go visit them without any obligation to see who has the best attitude, personality, efficient office staff, and accessibility for your particular needs and tastes.

You are entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment. You can check out as many bids as you like in person, without any obligation.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

With DentalBid, you can take care of your teeth, at below competitive rates, and start a relationship with a highly qualified dentist in your area.

How to Find a Good Dentist in Australia

[dt_fancy_image type=”” lightbox=”0″ align=”right” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ margin_right=”0″ margin_left=”20″ width=”300″ height=”” animation=”none” media=”” image_alt=”How to Find a Good Dentist in Australia” hd_image=”” image=”http://www.br17001.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/How-to-Find-a-Good-Dentist-in-Australia–300×201.jpg”][/dt_fancy_image]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?

Tips For Finding a Good Dentist

    1. Ask your friends. Word of mouth is one of best ways you can find a dentist. A friend can give you insight into their dentist’s skills, specialties, how they run their business, and tip you off to any problems that they have had. One of the greatest advantages of getting a referral from a friend is that you can ask specific questions of importance to you that you might not expect to get answered well from a source that is unfamiliar with you.
    2. Check their credentials. If you find a dentist that you are interested in, check to make sure that they are professionally trained and licensed to practise dentistry.
    3. Two places to look online for your dentist are:

      Dental Board of Australia (http://www.dentalboard.gov.au)

      If the dentist in question is not listed there, then they are not a real dentist and you should definitely not use them.

      Australian Dental Association (http://www.ada.org.au/Find-a-Dentist).

      When you talk to them on the phone or visit their office you should ask about their training and education.

      In Australia, a general dentist will have a BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) after four years of study from one of the Universities in Australia. After more post-graduate training, they will receive a DClinDent (Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry), previously referred to as a MDS or MDSc (Master of Dental Surgery/Science).

    4. Talk to them in person. No research you do can substitute for visiting the dentist at their office and talking to them face to face. In person you will be able to gain valuable information that is impossible to gather over the phone or online.

    Intangible things are crucial in your decision to place your trust in a particular dentist.

    For example, in person you can see how well they maintain their office, the demeanor of the dentist and the staff, the professionalism practised with other patients, and similar things.

    This is where DentalBid is very useful.

    Use DentalBid to find dentists in your area that are willing to offer you a competitive fee in exchange for the chance to showcase their practise. After you describe your needs on DentalBid, you will receive offers from dentists in your area. At that point, you can do your online research, talk to your friends, and decide which of those dentists might be your best option.

    Contact the ones you want to visit by phone and make an appointment to visit in person.

    As a DentalBid user, you are entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment, and you can entertain as many bids as you like without any obligation.

    Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

        1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
        2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
        3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

    DentalBid helps you care for your teeth, find a good price, and start a relationship with a highly qualified dentist in your area.

3 Dangers of Medical Tourism

[dt_fancy_image type=”” lightbox=”0″ align=”right” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”-25px” margin_right=”0″ margin_left=”20″ width=”300″ height=”” animation=”none” media=”” image_alt=”3 Dangers of Medical Tourism” hd_image=”” image=”http://www.br17001.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/3-Dangers-of-Medical-Tourism-300×200.jpg”][/dt_fancy_image]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:
  2. 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.

    The best way of avoiding unforeseen, post-procedure complications, is to have the work done by a highly skilled, experienced professional under optimum conditions in the first place.

    However, if you have the misfortune to experiencing post-procedural complications or you are simply not satisfied with the results of your treatment, you may require a follow up visit, or multiple visits, to deal with the problem or even have the work redone.

    In the case of an unexpected infection, you may not have the luxury of time for a follow up treatment. Often there is no choice but to find a local dentist to properly deal with the consequences of poor overseas dental work, and your insurance may be averse to paying for it.

    The option of returning to the overseas provider for follow up care is often impractical and uneconomical, usually nullifying the monetary savings, which, in most cases, was the principle reason for seeking care overseas.

  3. HIDDEN HEALTH RISKS:
  4. For many procedures, there are fixed rates that dictate much of the costs of treatment. In dentistry, some of these are the costs of materials, such as implants, crowns, drills, and dental equipment necessary for every dentist to do their job.

    One way that costs can be reduced, is by taking shortcuts. This can lead to serious health risks. If these shortcuts, often unthinkable in wealthy developed countries, are used by less than meticulous practitioners overseas, you could be gambling with your health.

    Australia’s Department of Heath actively ensures that all X-ray equipment used by dental professionals in Australia is licensed and maintained. The X-ray units are calibrated in order to reduce the amount of radiation dosage a patient receives. Also, this ensures that the equipment is not leaking radiation.

    Moreover, the Department of Health requires that all surgery walls are lead-lined in order to prevent the spread of radiation. One popular clinic in Thailand takes up to 30 CT scan each day in a small room next to a surgery with no lead lining in the wall dividing the two rooms. Spending two hours in that dental chair can involve 6 to 7 CT scans, which emits a radiation level that is equivalent to over 250 chest x-rays.

    An unsuspecting patient, lured by low-cost treatment, might have no idea that they are exposed to radiation, which can be as high as 250 x-rays, and wouldn’t even know to ask about it.

    The reuse of hypodermic needles can also be problem in overseas dental clinics, where standard operating procedures may not be up to par with practices in domestic dental facilities.

  5. LACK OF LEGAL RECOURSE:

When you suffer malpractice or substandard dental treatment in the domestic market, there are established laws and industry standards, and a strong legal system to fall back on regarding compensation for any pain and suffering you experienced.

The industry standards and legal systems overseas may not be as strict regarding medical liability. Even if the laws are well written, they may not be enforced stringently.

Dealing with medical and legal entities overseas includes navigating a foreign language, added requirements for foreigners (such as required local legal representation), and possibly a slow bureaucratic system. Corruption can also be an unmanageable problem in attaining your desired outcomes.

DON’T TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS

Why open yourself to hidden risks overseas when you can easily shop around for the most highly qualified dental professionals in Australia and receive private, competitive bids for your specific dental needs by using DentalBid’s simple and convenient online system.

You will be entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment, and you can entertain as many bids as you like without any obligation.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the easy to understand instructions.

Start saving on your dental care now with DentalBid!

Travel Trouble for Teeth

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][dt_fancy_image type=”” lightbox=”0″ align=”right” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”-25px” margin_right=”0″ margin_left=”0″ width=”200″ height=”” animation=”none” media=”” image_alt=”TRAVEL TROUBLE FOR TEETH” hd_image=”” image=”http://www.br17001.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/TRAVEL-TROUBLE-FOR-TEETH.jpg”][/dt_fancy_image]Considering a trip to Southeast Asia to save money on dental work?

In recent years, traveling abroad in search of more affordable dental care has been gaining popularity dramatically. The high cost of medical services in Australia, combined with more affordable travel in recent decades has given rise to a whole industry: medical tourism.

The allure of cheaper dental procedures combined with an exotic vacation can be very tempting. There are even travel agencies that will handle most of the details for you.

Sounds great, right? What could go wrong?

PLENTY!

Things to keep in mind before booking overseas dental treatment:

  • You are vulnerable overseas

Your time, knowledge of the culture, language, and legal system are all more limited than in your homeland. The doctors know that. They may tell you one thing before you start, and then a different thing after treatment has begun.

The “unexpected complication” that you suddenly have to make a decision about, while you’re sitting in the dentist chair, can be a lot more difficult to deal with under the pressure of a departure deadline, than at home where you have time to think about it and/or seek a second opinion.

Unscrupulous dentists know this, and can take advantage of the fact.

  • The doctor may not be qualified

The medical training that your overseas doctor and staff have received may be substandard. It’s possible that their degrees and certificates could be counterfeit. There may not be regulatory agencies that are diligent in policing the medical industry for fraud in that country, or they could be corrupt.

When you are under anaesthesia, your jaw is completely numb, you can’t see what your dentist is drilling on, and the procedure is taking too long, that is not the time to have doubts about your dentist’s credentials and ethics.

Many aspects of dental work depend solely on the talent and skill of the dentist. His knowledge, experience, and hand eye coordination can mean the difference between a crown that lasts a lifetime and one that lasts only a few weeks due to infection or poor installation.

Talented professionals often gravitate to locations that offer higher income. Locations with lower salaries may not attract many highly trained and talented doctors as much.

  • Laboratory work may be substandard

The dentist’s office may look professional and modern, but what about the lab where the crown, dentures, etc. are being manufactured? They may use shoddy materials, short-cut methods, or poor quality control.

No matter how good your dentist is, if the materials he is working with are substandard, your dental work will be substandard.

If a crown or denture is poorly made, there may not be time in your schedule to wait for it to be remade.

  • Sanitation standards may be subpar

Water and air quality may not be as high overseas as at home in Australia. Civic and professional regulatory agencies may not being as diligent overseas. Infection is one of the major causes of failed dental treatments.

You should be very careful about the sanitary conditions at any dentist’s office, and even more so overseas where cultural practices might raise the risk of infection. Sanitation practices need to be strictly followed at all stages of your treatment.

  • You may not have legal recourse

If something goes terribly wrong, resulting in irreparable damage to your teeth, or if fixing the damage is extremely expensive, you may not have any legal recourse against malpractice as a foreigner.

If you are able to take legal action, you may be at a severe disadvantage due to language differences and/or legal limitations placed upon you by a foreign justice system.

Attempting to recover damages could be more trouble than it’s worth, making giving-up a more attractive legal path than fighting. Of course, the foreign doctor will also realize that.

  • Your insurance may not cover your procedures

While some insurance companies may cover some of the costs of dental work done abroad, many do not. Those which do, may have strict contingencies that you may not be aware of or have time to fully research.

  • You may have to return for follow up treatment

The originally straightforward treatment that you signed up for, may not be so straightforward after you’re in the dentist chair, or if there are complications resulting from the procedure, competent or not.

Unexpected complications may result in your need to return for follow up treatment. A single second visit can rob you of any savings that you might have hoped for by going overseas. An unexpected follow up treatment at home won’t cost you a round trip ticket and hotel stay.

WHEN CONSIDERING A TRIP OVERSEAS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT REMEMBER: BUYER BEWARE!

DentalBid is here for you!

Before investing lots of time in research, and lots of energy to determine the cost/risk ratio, try DentalBid to see how much you can save and stay in country.

The chances of a problem occurring without any recourse, or with great inconvenience and complications, are greatly mitigated by staying home.

Don’t become a travel horror story statistic! Everything can feel so right, just before it goes terribly wrong.

If you have pressing dental needs to take care of, DO NOT WAIT!

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the easy to understand instructions.

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