Global Tourist Guide to Oral Care - A Systematic Review ZE01-ZE04
Dr. Kuldeep Dhama,
Tutor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, D.J. College of Dental Sciences and Research,
Ajit Mahal, Niwari Road, Modinagar, Ghaziabad-201204, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Introduction: Dental tourism means travelling abroad for economical dental treatment as the cost of treatment is high in one’s own country. This trend has been emerged due to high priced health care and long waiting lists in many Western countries. In spite of large debates on dental care, tourism has taken place; still there is lack of scientific studies related to the dental tourism.
Aim: The present review aims to analyze the opportunities, feasibilities, treatment cost variability and popularity of dental tourism.
Materials and Methods: The search strategy used a combi-nation of controlled vocabulary and free text terms. The main database was PubMed, PubMed Central, Cochrane Review, Embase and Google Scholar from 2000 – 2015. Out of the total 69 titles appeared seven articles fulfilled the criteria and were selected for the review. One article which was hand searched and one article through email were also included.
Results: This review focused the strengths of India’s dental tourism service as there is a lot of cost difference with good quality work when we compared India to the other countries. Like cost for smile designing in US is 8,000$ and in India is 1,000$ and for dental implants in the US is 2,000$, in Hungary is 1070$ and in India 600$ approximately.
Conclusion: Government and industrial infrastructure favours the growth of dental tourism in India. The opportunities like less price with good quality care in India helps to make further progress in dental tourism.