So how is the dental care in Nicaragua you ask? Well, there are at least two answers to that. One answer for the Nicaraguan people, especially those living in rural areas with low incomes, and another one for foreign visitors, expats and Nicaraguans with economic means and the ability to shop prices.
Dental Care for Most Nicaraguans
For most Nicaraguans, middling-to-poor level of dental care would be my answer to your question. Especially outside of the major cities, dental care is not so prevalent. There is only one dentist for every 10,000 people in the Pacific side of Nicaragua (the most populous part of the country). Most people only go to the dentist to get an abscessed tooth removed. In rural areas it's even worse; the problem is mostly due to lack of education and of money to pay for services. In other words, there is not much dental care going on, and when a volunteer dental care brigade comes to Nicaragua the local Nicaraguans queue up in long lines to receive free care.
The photo shown below is from when the U.S. Army Reserve's 307th Dental Company from Vallejo, Calif. came in to Mateare do free care. They reported that the services most needed are those that allow people to be taken out of pain, usually by performing extractions and treating infections.
Dental Care for Expats
While dental care for much the Nicaraguan people is generally lacking, for foreign visitors, expats and well-off Nicaraguans, the dental care is excellent.
Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Kristen King, U.S. Army Reserve
Capt. Aldrin Adamos of Dublin, Calif., and Sgt. Anthony Johnson of Fairfield, Calif., assist Nicaraguan dentist Dr. Valerea Vasquez install fillings in a young Nicaraguan's teeth.
There are lots of choices, English-speaking dentists are not uncommon, and your costs compared to the U.S. or Canada are at least 2/3rds less for the same procedure. Also, the best clinics have brand-new, high-tech equipment and super-sanitary conditions.
Not to mention cute dental hygienists!
(Just kidding, these are the Miss Nicaragua candidates visiting the dental clinic that sponsors the contest event, look at those white shiny teeth!) Wouldn't you want to go to the same clinic they go to?
So if you're still with me (thank you btw!) there are a lot of excellent dentists here and the price is right. Come on down and we can get you all setup! I hope this answered your question about dental care in Nicaragua.