As the numbers of Americans with dental insurance gradually increases, the number of retired Americans with dental cover is in decline.
Many workplaces offer cover for their employees, but when those employees retire that cover ceases.
This decline in dental cover has seen a gradual increase in the number of seniors travelling to Mexico more affordable dental treatment.
Even those fortunate enough to have had healthy teeth in their younger years, may experience a growing number of dental problems in later life. Receding gums and lack of calcium can lead to tooth decay, resulting in the need for extractions, dental implants, or dentures.
The cheaper cost of dental services in Mexico sees Canadians and Americans crossing the border for treatment. Savings of hundreds of dollars can be made, and can be a mere fraction of the cost elsewhere.
For decades men and women have been travelling for cheaper dental services, but many of these trips were made for non essential cosmetic procedures. Now, however, there are many men and women travelling for treatments which are both important and long overdue.
As some medical insurance plans either have no or limited dental coverage, many people find their plan does not cover the treatment services they need.
For people without insurance who have been unable to find free dental treatment, the trip to Mexico can prove to be the cheapest option.
Even travelling thousands of miles is not an obstacle, and in many cases friends or family travel together in order to save on fuel costs. This allows them to cut costs even more.
Restrictions on dental insurance coverage and millions of uninsured men and women, means a constant flow of people travelling to seek cheaper treatment. With aging population these numbers seem set to greatly increase in the foreseeable future.