The high percentage of U.S. seniors who lack dental insurance coverage has driven many to Mexican border towns that offer low-cost services.
There are hundreds of dentists within a two-block perimeter in Los Algodones, a small Mexican town near the Arizona and California border.
The dentists say many of their clients are elderly Americans.
A study by Oral Health America found that nearly 70 percent of seniors in the U.S. lack dental coverage. The government-funded Medicare health care program for seniors doesn’t offer dental coverage and many employers no longer offer post-retirement benefits.
That means that people from as far away as Alaska travel all the way to Los Algodones, where many dentists speak English. Businesses in Phoenix also offer shuttle services for the 200-mile (320-kilometer) trip to the town.