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Myths and Facts of Getting Dental Work in Mexico

Myths and Facts of Getting Dental Work in Mexico

The main reason that people would have doubts about getting dental work in Mexico is that they are not native to the country, or due to language and custom barriers. Those who are native to the country, do not have much of a choice in the matter. The one thing that tends to attract outsiders to having dental work done south of the border is that there is a significant monetary advantage which does make it worth looking into.

Though Mexico has become one of the primary destinations to get dental treatments, there are a lot of rumors about Mexican dentists and their practices, so let us clear up some of the fog for you.

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Don’t Go to Mexico at All (Myth)

Just like many other places with large concentrations of people (New York City, Los Angeles, etc.), not all parts are safe. In Mexico, there are specific cities that are not safe at the moment, but that is no reason not to visit the country as a whole. Many feel that Los Algodones is fine. This is a tourist town adjacent to the border with thousands of people traveling through each day. The businesses in that area depend on the tourists to keep them afloat.

Get Any Type of Dental Work in Mexico (Fact)

The city mentioned above actually specifically caters to tourists that have traveled there for prescription drugs, eyeglasses, and dental work. The town is just 5 blocks yet there are more than 300 dentists, all with specialties, from a basic cleaning to a full mouth of dental implants. Lots of tourists turn to dentists in Mexico to perform major work because of the major cost advantage.

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Dental Work is Cheaper in Mexico (Fact)

The dental work done specifically in Los Algodones will cost about 1/3 of the price it would in the United States, and this holds true for most of the other border towns. This can be done because there are low operating costs, low insurance, low labor costs, and more. Of course the cost will vary office to office, so ask around prior to making an appointment.

Mexican Dentists are Trained in the U.S. (Myth)

This myth is mostly perpetuated on internet forums, and the truth is that almost all Mexican dentists are trained in schools right there in Mexico. It is possible that they have come to the U.S. for postgraduate training or specialty training, but most dentists in the border towns have degrees from Mexican institutions.

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All Mexican Dentists are Good (Myth)

This is actually pretty apparent and applies to all dentists in any county. In Mexico, however, it is possible to receive bad care, mainly because they do not have the same agency oversight that is in the United States. For this reason, it is smart to be picky about who you choose as your Mexican dentist. Many of the dentists are specialists, so be sure to go with a dentist with an established reputation.

You Need an Appointment (Depends)

It can be safe to assume that if traveling in Mexico and a cleaning is needed, you will likely be able to walk into an office and have one done. However, if specialty work is being done, do research before and then make an appointment.

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Everything Can Be Done in a Day (Myth)

Mexican dentists are not miracle workers. Just like in the United States, some things can be done right away and will take only one appointment, while more intricate procedures will take a few visits.

Foreign Currency is Necessary (Myth)

While this is a myth, do bring cash. Many tourist border towns happily take US dollars for anything, but numerous dentists offices will only take cash or check, so don’t arrive with just a credit card. It is not likely that foreign currency will be necessary, so just have some cash.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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