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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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