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Kiwis are going abroad to find cheaper dental treatment


Recent reports from the New Zealand Dental Association have identified a trend that suggests more and more Kiwis are being driven to other countries in search of cheaper dental treatment, with a growing number purchasing package deals that also include holidays.

A number of dental clinics in Thailand offer tourism dentistry and some New Zealand companies are also benefiting from arranging the trips for patients. Founder of Absolutely Thailand, Roy Watson, has organised dental treatment for over 400 people; he began the business after he was quoted 20,000NZD for extensive work and decided to head to Thailand in search of a better deal. Mr Watson said ‘I had heard about dentistry in Thailand, so I checked with a local clinic [in Thailand] and had the work done for 6000NZD. I had a dental surgeon friend check what had been done when I got back and he said it was absolutely beautiful.’

The New Zealand Dental Association is keen to warn people about the ‘very real risks’ of getting overseas treatment, without the right follow-up care. The association warned that ‘price should not be your only guide, and a travel agent should not be your advisor about oral health.’ They also stated that many dentists in the country are ‘being asked to pick up the pieces after less than competent treatment has been performed overseas.’

Tips offered on how to handle emergency dentistry situations


How to deal with a tooth-related accident while an emergency dentist is located.A healthcare expert has offered some tips on how to deal with situations that will require treatment from an emergency dentist.

Shawn Watson, writing for’s Dentistry Blog, said he recently saw a situation in which a young girl had a front tooth knocked out while playing sport.

“I felt really embarrassed watching how this situation was handled. It was very clear that not one person knew what to do,” he commented.

Mr Watson said anyone who witnesses this kind of accident should wash the affected area with water and see if the tooth can be held into its original position until an emergency dentist is found.

If not – perhaps if the gum is cut – the tooth should be placed into a cup of water or milk while the victim is taken to a dentist as soon as possible.

“There is a small chance that a lost tooth can be saved if the proper measures are taken in a timely manner,” the expert pointed out.

Last month, the Sun reported that a woman had to undergo emergency dentistry after damaging her teeth on a sandwich from Boots that had a small stone in it.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800019561-ADNFCR

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