Trivia: would you risk your life wondering about a city ran by heavily armed drug lords to save $400 on dental work?
Sure! Say an increasing number of Americans who, faced with a prohibitively dental care in their home country, are flocking to Mexican border cities to receive dental treatment.
“A dental crown in the U.S. costs upward of $600 per tooth, compared to $190 or less in Mexico, so U.S. tourists are shrugging off concerns about brutal drugs wars being waged in Mexico’s border cities in a bid to access some cheap dental treatment,” according to British Web site Dentistry.
My favorite part, though, is the fact that this gringo dental boom is bringing some unexpected new business in the area.
Rio Dental, a clinic based in Ciudad Juárez, even boasts on its –all English-language– Web site: “We can even pick you up from the airport in El Paso… We are conveniently located just minutes across the border from El Paso, Texas, in Juarez, Mexico. A dentist with affordable prices is closer than you think.”