Not Your Average Mexican Tourist Destination


I can’t afford a $3,000 American tooth implant, but luckily, I’m spending this summer at my Somali aunt and uncle’s house in Yuma, Arizona—a town only ten miles away from Los Algodones, Mexico, where a new tooth costs $1,000.

If that doesn’t make you want to read the rest of Safy-Hallan Farah’s dental-tourism story, you might need your brain recalibrated. Or maybe just your teeth, in Mexico, for a reasonable price.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →