According to a recent article in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, dental tourism is a growing industry as a result of the rising cost of all health care combined with decreasing dental coverage. Driven to find low cost options a lot of patients are turning to dental treatment abroad. It is important to remember that while cost is a consideration, it is also imperative to realize that you are not comparing apples to apples. The most common destination for Americans to seek dental care is Los Algodones, Mexico. It is a town that is saturated with dentists and dental laboratories making competition so steep that it is possible to negotiate for lower treatment costs. Why is the market flooded with dentists? Dental schools are churning out dentists at an increasing rate as the number of dental schools continues to rise. The result is the educational requirements are not as heavy for dentists in Mexico as in the United States. Mexico only requires a high school diploma to apply for dental school and the educational requirement is only 3-5 years. In the United States it is a minimum of eight years of college. Dental materials and licensure are also not as highly regulated as they are here in the United States. Follow up care is difficult should any complications arise, and in the case of an emergency you will require medical treatment abroad. These are important considerations to evaluate before choosing such an option.