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Why has dental tourism become more popular?

The number of dental patients leaving the UK to have treatment abroad is rising year on year, but why has dental tourism become so popular, and is it safe to have treatment overseas?

CEO of Kreativ Dental, Attila Knott, said that travelling abroad is an appealing option for many because it offers significant cost savings. Kreativ Dental, which is based in Hungary, is one of a host of overseas clinics benefiting from this growing trend. Prices are substantially lower in parts of Eastern Europe than they are in the UK, and this means that patients can afford cosmetic treatments or services like dental implants, which they simply wouldn’t be able to pay for at home. As dental tourism booms in countries like Hungary and further afield in India and Thailand, competition becomes more intense and fees fall, making travelling for treatment an even more appealing option.

For some patients, the idea of taking a break is also attractive. Many people return having had dental work and enjoyed a holiday and still find that they’ve saved hundreds, even thousands of pounds.

While there are many advantages of going abroad for dental treatment, there are also drawbacks. Standards of training may not be as impressive, regulations and good practice guidelines may not be as stringent, and the quality of materials used may not be as high. To combat the risks, it’s crucial to undertake extensive research before choosing a clinic, and to ensure that dental professionals have the relevant expertise and qualifications. It’s worth noting that it will probably cost a lot more to see a UK dentist to correct botched dental work than it would have been to have treatment at home in the first place.

Saudi Arabia emerges as appealing destination for dental tourists

shutterstock_1012656667Saudi Arabia is emerging as an increasingly appealing destination for dental tourists, it has been revealed.

Research suggests that there has been an increase in visitor numbers in recent years, with many looking to access dental services at lower costs. Currently, Saudi Arabia ranks third in the list of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries for the ratio of dentists to patients. Most dentists are based in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah.

The affordability of treatment in comparison to Western countries has marked Saudi Arabia as a potential location for tourists looking to save money on the latest dental treatments. The tourism boom has contributed to expansion within the market and an increase in students choosing to study dentistry at university. The number of dentists in the country has risen from 8,100 in 2011 to 16,887 in 2016.

Experts believe that the growth of the dental market is linked to tourism, but also to improved oral health awareness and an increase in aesthetic treatments, which are focused on making the smile look more attractive. There is also a suggestion that an increase in disposable income has led to the rising popularity of non-essential treatments, such as invisible braces and veneers.

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