Going to Mexico for affordable dentist

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tonymarchman, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. HoJoOkie

    HoJoOkie Adventurer

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    OK here we go!

    It's easy to look up the requirements for application to dental school and the course of study. Did you really think you'd trap me on that one?

    Look, there's no comparison between the MD degree and Dental degree. First off if you go for the MD with the desire to open a practice or function in a hospital you must do a residency. Dental school is only four years. The process for a residency as a MD, once the application has been submitted is out of the hands of the applicant as to where they will go. Lets say you want to go into Derm., Family Practice, Oncology, Rhino, ENT, etc. Then you apply at those teaching hospitals who have openings. They review all the applicants but only take a few. For that reason you must apply at several teaching hospitals to get a better chance of being invited. Then if you're accepted, pack up the family and move. There's no guarantee you'll be given the chance for a residency in that field. You may have to back up a year and try again or find another sub-specialty.

    Even if you want the minimum residency you're going to move. That's at least period of three years and can be up to seven years depending on the field.

    I could go on for ever and will if you like but I know what it takes. Please throw me a tougher question. I'm just getting started. O, I forgot to mention residency is "Hell On Earth" with a minimum of 90 to 100 hours a week. I've seen both of my girls go through that and it's painful.
  2. gr8grins

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    If it's so easy to look up then maybe you should because you didn't answer my question.

    Dental school application and admission process is the same as medical school. I've done both.
    Medical school= 4 years (doctorate)
    Dental school = 4 years (doctorate)

    Med. residency up to 7 years of hell
    Dental residency up to 7 years of hell
    (Application and selection process and moving the family are the same)

    And if any chimpanzee can do it why are the average entering GPAs often higher for dental school than medical school?

    Look, we can argue all day. You obviously don't think becoming a dentist requires any brains. Why don't you tell your dentist that?

    I understand that you are biased because you have been through the hell that is medical school. What you haven't done is the hell that is dental school. So please, before you start hurling insults at people at least have your facts straight. Then if you still choose to stoop to the level to which you have stooped, you will have done it knowing the absurdity of your claims.
  3. HoJoOkie

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    Me Too!
  4. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    Tony, how does Mexico feel to you from a safety perspective? Have you had any issue or moments where you felt you were in danger?

    Most seemed to feel that the capture of Guzman was going to escalate violence and make things more dangerous. What's your take on the risk of riding in Mexico right now?



  5. tonymarchman

    tonymarchman Been here awhile

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    Vic asked "Tony, how does Mexico feel to you from a safety perspective? Have you had any issue or moments where you felt you were in danger?

    Most seemed to feel that the capture of Guzman was going to escalate violence and make things more dangerous. What's your take on the risk of riding in Mexico right now?"

    In my experience, Mexico is as safe as anywhere I have been in the USA. I have met some really nice people here and they have been very kind. Tonight I was searching for the campground and my GPS was acting silly. I stopped in front of this hotel and asked the guy where is this place. He informed me that campground was an hour from here. But there are some really nice campgrounds here. We will show you how to get there. He and his Mom got in their truck and drove thru town and out to this campground. Who in the states would do that? I have been getting those kind of experiences every where I go. He told me the mosquitoes were very bad at the campground and they did not have Wifi. I thanked him for his trouble and said "I think I would like to stay in your hotel tonight. So, for 300 pasos, (about $25.00) I have A/C, TV and Wifi. George speaks really good English so I have learned a lot about this area. It seems this is a major tourist attraction because of the rivers here. I told him I was just staying one night and he replied, "You really should take a day and check this place out, You will like what you see!" He makes it sound tempting but I still want to go on to Monterrey tomorrow. The name of this town is Tamasopo S.L,P. The name of this place is Hotel Posada.
    It was a long ride getting here but the scenery and curves for the last 2 hours really made it worth it.
    Tony in the middle of somewhere, Mexico
  6. tonymarchman

    tonymarchman Been here awhile

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    George and I took a walk thru his town this morning. He escorted me to the ATM as I was completely out of pasos and then we went to breakfast as this typical Mexican eatery. He ordered 3 sopas for me. It had eggs, cheese and beans on a tortilla type shell. It was quite a treat. I ate all 3. It started raining on the walk back so I am hanging out in the lobby for a while as I wait for the rain to quit.
    Postcards from the edge
    Tony
  7. bogey78

    bogey78 Been here awhile

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    Fantastic thread, thank you so much for sharing it here. Have a safe ride back home.
  8. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your perspective on safety in Mexico Tony! Glad to hear that you have had a good and safe trip!

    Did getting your dental work done in Mexico save you the kind of money you expected it to and did it work out ok? Somewhere I read that you had 12 teeth pulled. I didn't realize that extractions were very expensive in the US. I thought most US dentists charge like $100 for a non complicated extraction. I would have expected substantial savings on things like crowns, implants and maybe things like bridges and partials but not in extractions. Did you get more done than just extractions?

    Vic

  9. tonymarchman

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    I got a late start from Tamasopo. I was waiting for George to get up so we could go to breakfast. He and his mom were so nice to me I did not want to leave without saying goodbye. The Mexican lifestyle includes staying up late, supper is about 9 pm, so it is normal to sleep in. Finally, he came out and we had a nice visit over breakfast and then we exchanged email addresses and said goodbye. I am now in Monterrey, I will stop in to say bye to Flying Tivo and my dentist. Then I will make a run for the border. I hope the border crossing is not a really time consuming procedure. I have enjoyed my visit in Mexico. The police only stopped me one time and then they asked a few basic questions like "Where are you going? Then we do you go from there? Since I don't speak Spanish and his English is limited there wasn't much else to say. He waved me on through. I was coming through a small town about 5 pm. so it was still daylight. There was a sigh on top of a large building that said "Hotel".
    So I pulled in looking for the lobby. An army guy jumped in front of me and stopped me immediately. No entry! He had a hint of a smile so He knew I as just confused by the sign but why do they not remove it? As I was backing out I saw more army guys on the roof. That was about the most excitement I have experienced on this trip. Everyone here has been so helpful. I really enjoyed meeting these people and making new friends.
    Tony in Monterrey
  10. Flying Tivo

    Flying Tivo Been here awhile

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    Well Tony just checked in with his dentist and came by to say good bye. The weather is looking much better than the last 2 days, and he is going to Reynosa/McAllen crossing. He seams very happy with his adventures.
    Hope to see ya in 2 months!

    Felipe
  11. tonymarchman

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    Crossing the border went very smoothly. Thanks to FlyingTivo for reminding me to stop and collect my deposit on the bike. I would have forgotten all about it. I was looking forward to getting back in the states. Now that I am here it is difficult to stay in line in traffic and not filter up. One guy got pissed at me when I pulled to the front and got in front of him. Americans seem to have their happiness tied to their place in traffic.
    I am now in Houston, heading to New Orleans. The forecast is for warm weather ahead. I am a lucky man.
    My travels through Mexico was very enjoyable. The dentist was awesome, I really liked him. I would tell anyone that Mexico is very safe to travel in.

    Well the sun is up, time to get on the road, I made 300 + miles yesterday, another 300 to do today.
    Tony
  12. tonymarchman

    tonymarchman Been here awhile

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    I am currently in New Orleans, It got a little cold with thick fog on the way in. The heated vest and grips really helps this old boy out. I enjoyed shrimp etouffee for supper. A lady was sitting at the bar next to me attempting to eat a huge pile of ribs. I finally asked "Are you going to eat all of that?"
    "Would you like some?". They were very good. The place is called Mulant's on Julia street in the warehouse district. It is somewhat expensive but worth every penny. If you guys ever make it to New Orleans I suggest you make it a point to try it. I love the food here.
    Tomorrow I will head to Nashville. The weather looks very good and I expect to arrive before dark. It has been a great ride. The best ever for me. The bike is showing 4800+ on this trip. And not a single mechanical problem. On my next trip to Mexico I will plan to ride a bike with more ground clearance. The speed bumps down there are rough on a low riding scoot like mine.
    Tony in New Orleans
  13. acejones

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    The weather looks perfect for tomorrows run, unless there is fog on the lake. I was over on the North shore of Ponchartrain today and had oysters and a po-boy at Acme. That's a long run to Nashville. Ride safe.
  14. tonymarchman

    tonymarchman Been here awhile

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    It was a long day in the saddle but I did the entire 500+ miles to my house. It is like John Downs said. "The more you ride the easier it gets."
    You get used to being on the bike for hours at a time.
    The weather on the ride home was perfect. It started in the low 50's and warmed up to almost 70 by afternoon. I am a lucky man.
    My dentist is charging me less than $1,000 for all the work. The quote at the border was $1800. The quote from my dentist at home was 3500. I vacationed in Mexico, got my teeth done and came out money ahead. Many Americans are doing the same. Even if you don't want to ride that far, you could fly in and still save money.
    I have traveled 5369 miles on this trip.
    Tony in Tn
  15. HoJoOkie

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    Hurray for you.

    Good RR I enjoyed every post.
  16. enceladus

    enceladus I want off this rock

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    Glad to hear that you made it back to Tn without any problems. Most of the people who have problems in Mexico cause the problems themselves by drinking too much or partying too much.
    Good luck

    Ron
  17. tonymarchman

    tonymarchman Been here awhile

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    Thanks Ron,
    Have you decided when you will be traveling to Nashville? I have a spare bedroom that is waiting for you. Thanks again for showing me around Mazatlan.
    Best
    Tony
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    Awesome RR Tony thanks for posting