Dentist are agressively selling products and services that customers definitely do not need.
For example, if you are from Minnesota and on vacation in South Florida and you develop minor concern such as a cavity or crown loosening, visit 3 different dentists in S Florida and they will tell you that what is needed is major work. One says you need a new crown and all your fillings replaced, another says you need all new crowns and a tooth removed, another says you need all your crowns removed and all your fillings replaced. Your need not wonder why it made sense to visit three dentists when their recommendations seemed so outrageous.
Better to wait until you return to the dentist you know you can trust (obviously not in South Florida) and find out that a simple small filling was needed. No other problems developed and the dentists in question were clearly liars and money grubbers.
So when they offer you trips to sucker you in, you can imagine how hard up they are to get your money ... from what I have observed, more than they deserve and no doubt more than you have when they get through with you.
If the dentist becomes more flexible with fee structure that is obviously to get you into debt with them, recommending treatments you don't really need, nd then you can be sure they will come after you like Al Capone threatening to break everything in you life short of your kneecaps (maybe that too considering their intent and desperation.)
Since this did occur in S Florida and 3 dentists in row is a pretty signficant certainly this type of criminal ly faudulent behavior can be added to other awful thing I had heard about the area. (Road rage, violence, butchering horses a... nd now dentists butchering their customers.)
Get several opinions if you don't know the dentist for many years ... and if it is in South Florida, get at least 5 opinions even if you do know the dentist for years (preferably have some opinions from a dentist from another state.)
Some dentists, I learned some have developed their own financial medical problems or started drinking or taking drugs),and need the money desperately. Not surprising, they're not gods, they're just technicians. IT is just too bad that these technicians do have access to the very lives, safety, health of unsuspecting people.
Your life, health (and financial security) is worth more than tubes of toothpaste, toothbrushes, airmiles, other prizes or the dentist's fake smile. Watch yourself.