HUDDERSFIELD dental patients are being warned against going abroad for treatment.
The call comes after a dental charity revealed 50% more people checked out internet sites for ‘dental tourism’ last month than the month before.
Today the British Dental Health Foundation charity said foreign treatments posed massive risks to dental health.
The foundation said patients often returned home in severe pain and needing further care, sometimes costing them thousands of pounds.
Chief executive Dr Nigel Carter said: “It is a big worry that so many people are willing to travel abroad for dental treatment without being fully aware of the risks.
“Not all dentists are as highly trained as those in the UK, where extensive training and strict exams are undertaken to ensure they meet the high standards required.’’
Dr Carter added: “If you are going abroad it is unlikely to be for a simple procedure and, of course, complicated treatments are more likely to cause problems.
“It is totally unrealistic to expect complicated procedures that can take months to complete in this country can be carried out to the same high standard while on a 10-day holiday.
“But unfortunately that is the myth being sold to people.”
His comments came after the charity received calls from patients facing dental bills of up to £10,000 to correct poor-quality dental work carried out abroad.
One caller had to be taken to hospital to drain an infection after her face swelled up, preventing her eye from opening.
Patients needing advice can contact the foundation’s dental helpline on 0845 063 1188.