Freshen Up with Low-Cost Teeth Cleaning at Mexico’s Border Clinics


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With more and more people foregoing their annual trip to the dentist in the US due to rising costs, it might be time to head south to the southern border to find a more affordable alternative. 

On average, professional teeth cleaning in Mexico costs about a quarter of what local dentists back home charge. So, if you live near the border, it could make sense to take the entire family along, combining your trip with an exciting getaway - or additional oral health treatments, like fillings

Why Is Professional Teeth Cleaning Important?

Professional teeth cleaning is not only about keeping your teeth white; it's also important for removing the hard, yellow tartar (calculus) deposits that form on the teeth. Tartar is produced by the hardening of plaque, the sticky, colorless deposit formed by bacteria. It begins forming on the teeth within hours of brushing, so it doesn’t take too long before it starts to harden and form tartar.

Keeping your teeth clean and smooth makes it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the surface. Deposits tend to form at the base of the tooth and in the crevices between them. As a result, the gums become exposed to the bacteria, which can lead to gum disease, where the gums begin to retract and form pockets around the tooth root.

These pockets collect more bacteria and, when unchecked, gum disease can lead to the more serious periodontal disease where bone loss occurs around the tooth roots, often causing tooth loss.

Unfortunately, no matter how thorough your teeth cleaning regime is at home, tartar still forms (although some people are more susceptible). Visiting your dentist every six to 12 months (or more frequently for those with a history of gum disease) for professional teeth cleaning will keep the tartar at bay and your dental health in tip-top condition.

What Is the Price of Professional Teeth Cleaning in Mexico?

The cost for professional teeth cleaning at Mexico’s top dental clinics is shown in the table below:


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[Please note that these are estimated prices at the time of writing. See our individual clinic listings for latest prices.]


What About the Quality of the Dental Clinics at Mexico's Border?

Normally, the quality is just as good as back home—and particularly when it comes to those clinics experienced in international patients. Many clinics along the border have regular clients from the US and Canada, delivering excellent-quality services to ensure they keep coming back.

All of the clinics listed with Dental Departures have been verified by us; you can confirm dentist qualifications and professional memberships under each clinic listing. Also, patient reviews, clinic photos, maps, prices and much more, make it effortless to choose a clinic suitable for your requirements.

There are many excellent clinics right along the US-Mexico border from Tijuana/San Diego in the West to Matamoros/Brownsville in the East.

One of the most popular destinations for dental care is Los Algodones, around 7 miles from Yuma, where thousands of people visit one of the town’s 300 dental clinics every day.

Here are three of our most popular border clinics, and their locations:

The Bottom Line

Taking care of your dental health with regular dental care will prevent more serious (and expensive) problems down the line. Regular professional teeth cleaning in Mexico is an inexpensive way of doing this, particularly if you are within reasonable distance of a border clinic.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment