Dental Departures CEO interview with Medical Travel Show

Paul McTaggart, CEO and founder of Dental Departures had an interview with Medical Travel Show.

In this interview McTaggart explains the personal experience that led to foundation of this business. “I had been frustrated that my father was unable to find affordable, accessible dental care in Canada, and I couldn’t understand why in the modern age of Internet, there weren’t better options available for him.” This led Paul on a quest that resulted in the creation of Dental Departures.

You can listen to the full interview here

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10 Things You Should Know About Dentistry in Algodones

10 Things You Should Know About Algodones

1. Los Algodones is on The US-Mexico Border

Los Algodones is on the US-Mexico border near Arizona and California and is the northernmost town in Mexico. Only 7 miles from Yuma, it is a popular destination for North Americans seeking some winter sun, and looking for bargains on Mexican handicrafts, pharmaceuticals and medical and dental care.

2. The Dental Capital of The World

Los Algodones is known as the dental capital of the world, with over 900 dentists in more than 300 clinics established in a few blocks. Notably, these are nearest to the border, displacing some of the shops and restaurants which served the tourist trade. Algodones is still popular with tourists, but it is now equally a destination to go to for dental care.

3. We Would Not Recommend Using The Referral Agents

As you can imagine, competition for patients is fierce in Algodones, and near the border especially you will be accosted by hustlers who work on commission to get you to a dentist. We wouldn’t recommend this approach in finding a dentist. Reliable and trustworthy dentists prefer to let their work speak for them and rely on word-of-mouth to get patients. Satisfied patients return to them again and again, and will often recommend good dentists to their friends, family or on dental clinic review platforms.

4. Specialists

Dentistry in Algodones covers the whole spectrum of dental care, not just general dentistry such as fillings and teeth cleaning. There are plenty of specialists about who have expertise in root canals, orthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery and every other type of dental care imaginable.

5. As Reliable as US Dentists

Reliable dentists in Algodones receive training that is on a par with their colleagues in the United States. All dentists receive general dental training. However, the difference between Mexico dentists and dentists in the US is with regard to specialist training. In the US dentists have to take further training in their appropriate area of specialization. In Mexico they don’t. However, it is now commonplace for dentists in Mexico (especially those who treat international patients) to undertake additional specialist qualifications – and many do so in the United States.

6. American Dental Association

Many dentists in Mexico have obtained professional membership of the American Dental Association and are subject to the same rules of professional conduct and standards as their American counterparts.

7. State-of-the-Art Equipment and Technology

Dental clinics in Algodones may not look up to much from the outside, but inside they are just as well-equipped as your dentist’s at home. Nowadays, you are just as likely to find state-of-the-art, high-tech clinics with multi-disciplinary teams as you are single-dentist practices.

8. Same Brands and Quality as The United States

Materials used by dentists in Algodones are not inferior brands, as the exact same brands and quality found at home are available here.

9. Save Around 70% On Dental Treatments

The cost savings are enormous. Most dental patients easily save around 70% on their dental care in Algodones compared to the costs at home – and some substantially more. Patients having big procedures save thousands.

10. Verified Clinic Checks For Your Safety

Dental Departures background checks all its verified clinics, so patients can be certain of receiving a high-standard of care when booking their dentistry in Algodones with Dental Departures.

Start your search for the best dental clinics in Los Algodones by clicking here or listen to patient interview with Medial Travel Show for experiencing dental care in Los Algodones here

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What if dentistry abroad goes wrong – how can I make sure my teeth are looked after?

Worried about dental treatments going wrong abroad

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A common question for anybody that is going abroad for dental care, and one that is all too frequently overlooked. However, the question should be the same regardless of whether you have your treatment by your local dentist, or a global dentist.

Unfortunately, the internet and the media is filled with horror stories of people whose teeth are ruined at the hands of unscrupulous dentists abroad. While this is not to denigrate the less than satisfactory experiences that some people have obviously suffered, the stories may not necessarily reflect the experiences that many satisfied patients have received from their dentist abroad.

Similarly, you may also find a considerable amount of people who are not at all happy with the care they have received from their local dentist, although these don’t tend to be splashed across the news or the internet, unless there is an element of fraud or other criminal practices, for example, unqualified people posing as dentists and carrying out treatments. While rare, these scenarios do happen in the West and so you should always take the same approach to finding a dentist no matter where you decide to go – do your homework and find out as much as you can before you place your mouth in their hands!

Here’s some simple tips to make sure you have a happy and carefree experience with your dentist:

1: Find out about your condition or the procedure you want so you can ask the right questions

For example, if your local dentist has informed you that your tooth is loose because of gum disease which has led to bone loss and that they recommend you have a dental implant then you have a number of things to consider, and it may not be just down to cost.

Do you want an implant or dentures or a bridge? How long does each procedure take? Do you want to wait – in the case of an implant it may take up to a year to complete, or even longer if you need a bone graft? Will you need to see a periodontist (gum disease specialist) or an implant specialist – is there a difference?

2: Find out as much as you can about your dentist

Dig around on the internet – search for online reviews from previous patients – are they overwhelmingly positive? What qualifications and experience do they have? Do they specialize in a particular field of dentistry? How long has their clinic been established?

It may be a daunting and time-consuming task trying to find out all this information but you can always try Dental Departures, who have a global network of around 2,500 dentists in 29 countries, who have been background-checked and where you can find clinic photos, prices and real patient reviews freely available.

3: Medical Procedures Cannot Be Guaranteed

It is worth bearing in mind that any medical or dental procedure cannot ever be guaranteed 100%. The human body is varied and individual and many different things can influence healing rates, including genetics, lifestyle and even your age.

However, with this in mind you should consider what you should do if something did go wrong. Many good dentists abroad do have warranties and guarantees on their work, but they do vary in length so you will need to check them out.

Patients who book through Dental Departures also have the additional support of Dental Departures, as well as their dentist guarantee, who will ensure that any problem will be put right.

You should also factor in that if you have travelled far you will need to pay accommodation and air-fares if you have to go back. However, there is an easy remedy to this, and that is to take out a low-cost insurance plan to cover your expenses if this eventuality arises – again this is something Dental Departures can help with.

Just remember that there is a risk with any medical or dental procedure, but you can minimize your risks of dental care abroad by doing a little homework.

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Find the Most Affordable Teeth Replacement Options Abroad

Teeth Replacement
Unfortunately, teeth replacement options are expensive but traveling abroad can pay dividends – saving you around 70% and maybe getting a great holiday into the bargain.

Providers like Dental Departures’, whose network of quality-checked global dentists are providing great quality dental care for a fraction of the prices in the US, the UK and Australia are leading the way in showing hard-up Westerners that there is a world of great dental care out there for less.

Thankfully, the days when your only teeth replacement option was to wait for all your teeth to be gone so you could get a full denture have long gone. Tooth loss can occur at any age and may be due to a number of reasons, including trauma, but nowadays there are a number of possibilities to replace your teeth.

Whether it is one, several, most or all of your teeth, replacing them is much more preferable to having unsightly gaps, certainly from a confidence point of view. Notwithstanding the cosmetic problems, tooth loss may cause problems with speech and eating, leading to nutritional problems.

Dental Implants

These are the Rolls-Royce of teeth replacement options, and naturally, are the most expensive. This long-term solution involves placing an artificial tooth root (the implant) into the jawbone. The implant fuses with the bone and provides a stable anchor for a false tooth (crown) to be attached. It can take around a year for the implant to fully fuse with the bone, but the advantage of this treatment over other tooth replacement options is that it is permanent and looks, feels and acts exactly like your own tooth.

Unfortunately, it is not a cheap option, costing around $3,900 in the US; £2,400 in the UK and AUS$4,300 in Australia. However, if you’re prepared to travel there are great savings to be made. In India dental implants start at around US$500/UK£300/AUS$558; in Mexico US$900/UK£550/AUS$1,000 and in Thailand US$1,200/UK£800/AUS$1,300, giving you savings of between 65% and 90%.

Bridge and Crown

Essentially this is a fixed partial denture. The ‘bridge’ consists of an artificial tooth or teeth, fixed between two health teeth that act as anchors. Compared to removable dentures they look and feel much better and they are long-lasting and durable.

This is not necessarily a much cheaper tooth replacement option than dental implants as just one crown is around US$1,150/UK£700/AUS$1,283 – and this procedure requires two crowns as well as at least one false tooth.

Abroad you can save as much as 95% in India (US$48/UK£29/AUS$54); in Mexico around 90% (US$120/UK£73/AUS$134) and around 80% in Thailand (US$200/UK£120/AUS$223).


These can be full or partial. If all your teeth are missing you will need full or complete dentures. Partial dentures can be used to replace just one or multiple teeth and is the most cost-effective solution for replacing missing teeth, even if it’s not the most comfortable.

Dentures cost on average US$1,800/UK1,100/AUS$2,008. Abroad you can save more than 95% in India US$48/UK£29/AUS$54; 87% Mexico US$230/UK£140/AUS$256 and 85% in Thailand US$300/UK£180/AUS$330.

Good quality, affordable teeth replacement options are no longer as rare as hen’s teeth – you just need to know where to look. You can search on Dental Departures to find affordable teeth replacement dental clinics.

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Low Cost Dentistry – Two popular, but very different cities to visit for low cost dentistry

Low Cost but High Quality Dentistry

Low Cost but High Quality Dentistry

Low-cost dentistry abroad is not just confined to a two-week dental vacation in a luxurious beach resort. It is within the realms of possibility to regularly travel abroad for your dental care . Low cost, frequent flights to destinations around the globe make taking a city break combined with dental care a reality, and for business travelers who regularly visit cities abroad it is also a way of maintaining their dental health without the hassle of taking time off work, or trying to schedule an appointment in their home country.

For some patients, traveling to popular dental tourism destinations doesn’t even necessitate a flight as cross-border travel can be done by car, or on foot.

The phenomenon of traveling abroad to neighboring countries for affordable dental care is not a new one, but nowadays good transport links have made it a growing reality with whole industries to support the influx of visitors springing up in the frequently-traveled-to destinations. Two of our most popular city destinations are very different in terms of tourist attractions, but both offer their patients the same experience of affordable, high-quality dental care.

Why is low-cost medical and dental tourism growing?

The money brought into the healthcare system from medical and dental tourists is reinvested to produce better facilities, which in turn drives more patients with more money, which in turn is reinvested and so on and so forth. The resulting infrastructure is self-perpetuating, but there are additional benefits to the local economy – patients need somewhere to stay, to eat and to be entertained and so these additional sectors also grow.

A report on medical tourism by KPMG estimating some 1.5 million patients visited Thailand in 2009. Tourism figures for Thailand in 2009 are quoted as being around 14 million, so medical and dental tourism represents a significant value.

What cities are the most popular for low-cost dental care?

Bangkok, Thailand

While Bangkok has attracted tourists on its own merits for many years, there is no doubt that low cost medical and dental tourism has contributed to its economy, simultaneously fuelling the rise of world-class healthcare facilities which put many of its Western counterparts to shame.

Healthcare providers are increasingly competitive, offering patients not just low-cost care but care that is of the highest standards. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities complete with on-site hotels, highly-skilled specialists and international accreditation are just some of the ways that demonstrate a clinic’s excellence. Thailand was the first country in Asia to receive a prestigious Joint Commission International accreditation, and now there are dozens located throughout the country.

Bangkok is not only one of the world’s most fascinating cities, but it also offers dental patients excellent facilities, clinical expertise and astounding savings on their dental care.

Los Algodones, Mexico

At the other end of the spectrum for low cost dentistry is Algodones – but only from outward appearances. Bangkok is a glamorous capital city, attracting serious investment from both the government and the corporate sector. Algodones is a colorful, dusty Mexican border town which has nonetheless managed to capitalize on its geographical location handsomely to establish itself as a Capital City of Dentistry.

For visitors from Southern Arizona in particular, it is a convenient location to travel to in the car. However, Algodones has attracted visitors from all over North America, particularly snowbirds and retirees from the North, who have sought some winter sun in its temperate climate, as well as savings on an array of goods and services, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

The population of Algodones is only around 5000 but there are around 900 dentists located here – testatment to the fact that it is a very popular place to come to for low cost dental care. While there may not be JCI accredited clinics lining the streets here (it is an expensive, time-consuming process which all but the largest hospitals can afford) there are many skilled and highly-qualified dentists who go the extra mile to ensure they provide affordable, but above all, good quality services to their patients.

Dental Departures has traveled the world finding high quality dental providers to create the number one resource for low cost dental care. Whether you visit one of our small sole practitioner clinics or one of our multi-disciplinary hospitals, or anything in between, you can be certain that you will be visiting a quality-checked dentist and with our best price guarantee will be receiving the lowest cost available for your dental care.

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How to Save Money on Your Dentistry in Mexico

Save up to 70% on your Dental Care

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Nearly everyone knows you can save plenty of money by having your dentistry in Mexico, but if you plan it right there are a few simple ways of leaving even more cash in your pocket. Here’s how:

1: Compare prices with Dental Departures. We have hundreds of dentists listed throughout Mexico so you can search by procedure and/or by location to find the most favourable costs. Of course, it is not only the cost you might want to take into consideration, but also dentist qualifications, clinic facilities and patient reviews. Our verified clinics have all this information freely available, equipping you with everything you need in order to get the best dental care in Mexico.

2: Save yourself from any nasty surprises with your bill and get a free quote for your dental care with Dental Departures. Our website gives prices from each dental clinic, but if you want more than one procedure done we can arrange a free quote for you at the clinic of your choice.

3: Mexico is a popular holiday destination, not just for North Americans but for travellers from all over the world. Avoiding peak season and holiday times will usually mean you can find better deals on accommodation and travel, saving you more on the overall cost of your dental care. Peak times may vary nationally, although Christmas, New Year and Easter are generally busy wherever you go. You should also look out for local festivals or events which may mean it is busier than usual when local prices for accommodation may be at a premium.

4: If you do have insurance check with your provider to see if they cover for ‘out-of-network’ expenses. If they do you will be able to have your dental care in Mexico, which means your insurance cover will go a lot further than it would at home. For example, a root canal procedure including crown at home will cost upwards of $2,000, but in Mexico you can get it done for less than $300. The only downside is that dentists in Mexico cannot bill your insurance company directly, so you will have to pay them directly, and reclaim from your insurance company when you return home.

5: If your medical and dental expenses are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) you may be eligible to claim tax relief on tax deductions for medical (and dental) expenses. Qualifying expenses also include your spouse and dependents – and other deductibles, such as travel or accommodation.

6: Book with Dental Departures and you will find many exclusive discounts, such as money-off your dental treatment or free and discounted hotel accommodation. Furthermore, we will always give you the best prices when you book with us – guaranteed.

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Get Dental Financing for your Dental Treatments

Dental Financing

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Dental Departures has teamed up with dental financing providers in the US, Canada and Australia to offer range of products designed to cover the following aspects of global dental care:

  • Financing up to $60,000
  • No upfront fees
  • No downpayment
  • Secure, online application
  • Low monthly payments
  • Competitive interest rates
  • No prepayment penalties
  • 24 hour approval

Having brought reliable global dentistry within reach of ordinary Americans, Canadians and Australians, the logical next step for Dental Departures was to secure finance packages to enable even more people to get the smiles they deserve.

If you’re American or Canadian, choosing to go to Mexico for your dental care will already reduce your bill, typically, between 50-70%. However, if you are looking at going to Mexico for major work, such as a full mouth rehabilitation, even with the substantial savings in Mexico you still might be wondering how you are going to afford the cost.

Although it’s hard to put a price on major procedures as major restorative work often involves different dentals specialties, for comparisons sake, if a patient was having ‘All on 4’ dental implants, the cost in the US is likely to be around the $28,000 mark. In Mexico, the cost may be around $10,000, but despite saving more than 60% that is still a huge pot of money for most people.

Unfortunately some of the usual lines of credit available don’t extend to Mexico dental care. Most dental clinics in Mexico do not offer financing and neither do some of the major US and Canadian dental financing providers.

And while there are a number of welcome ways to save even more off your bill, for example, Dental Departures’ exclusive discounts or medical expenses tax deductions, there is still going to be a pretty hefty amount left to find.

If you thought a new smile was out of reach then think again. Dental Departures and its finance partners will help you get the dental care you need and give you back your confidence and smile. Checkout the website or call the toll-free number for further information.

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How much Australians pay for their All-On-Four?

All-On-Four cost in Australia is $29,772 AUD vs the All-On-Four cost in Philippines of $6,380 AUD and Thailand of $10,808 AUD. On average Australians can save up to 78% on their All-On-Four by visiting a dentist in Philippines (save 78%) and Thailand (save 64%).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on All-On-Four cost in Australia vs All-On-Four Cost in Philippines and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Thailand and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics


All on Four Cost in Australia

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How much Kiwis pay for their All-On-Four?

All-On-Four cost in New Zealand is $32,034 AUD vs the All-On-Four cost in Philippines of $6,819 NZD and Thailand of $11,552 NZD. On average Kiwis can save up to 78% on their All-On-Four by visiting a dentist in Philippines (save 80%) and Thailand (save 64%).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on All-On-Four cost in New Zealand vs All-On-Four Cost in Philippines and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Thailand and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics

All-On-Four Cost in New Zealand

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How much Americans pay for their All-On-Four?

All-On-Four cost in United States is $28,000 USD vs the All-On-Four cost in Mexico of $5,400 USD, Costa Rica of $7,400 USD and Thailand of $10,690 USD. On average Americans can save up to 81% on their All-On-Four by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 81%), Costa Rica (save 74%) and Thailand (save 62 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on All-On-Four cost in United States vs All-On-Four Cost in Mexico, Costa Rica and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics


All-on-Four cost in United States

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