Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dentist Visit

When I was getting ready to leave for Bangladesh, I went to the dentist and I said "Let's pretend I'm not going to be able to go to the dentist for 2 years and fix anything that might become a problem". That, my friends, is how you spend $2500 at the dentist.

Truth is, I'm terrible with my teeth. Don't get me wrong, I brush every day and use mouthwash (and on occasion I floss, but I always forget), but I wasn't always so good when I was younger, and I used to mainline Dr. Pepper (over 3 years without a true DP, only diet) which is loaded with sugary-type substances. I was worried my teeth wouldn't be cared for here, but I needn't have been worried. One of the students' fathers is a famous and well-respected dentist. In fact, he's a fellow with the American Dental Association. So, to help ease my fears that if I were to crack a tooth or something (which happened last year when I bit into a Wint-O-Green Lifesaver, but it was totally worth it) I could get help.

I'm sorry for not taking pictures, I wasn't in my right mind.

First of all, I must mention that people take off their shoes when they enter a home here. When we first came and our housekeepers were helping move our things, they always stopped outside the door to take their shoes off. Going to the dentist is apparently like going home because everyone took their shoes off. Even the dentist, although he had flip flops on. Just a pile of shoes in the hallway. You can always spot the westerners shoes, they're twice as big as the Bangladeshis.

Then, the dentist came out and greeted us in person and took us back. Like anything in Bangladesh, there is one or two people working, and always a mass of people watching. Shuffled into the chairs (in front of people waiting in the office already there) we signed waivers and laid back. the teeth cleaning was quick, a high powered water pick and a dousing in mouthwash and we were set.

We waited in the office, drinking apple juice and eating crackers, while he finished up the other patients and then were treated to a short conversation where he showed us his qualifications, such as the fellowship award, and an international dentist association award. My absolute favorite was a letter from the the North Korean ambassador who praised him and said he was better even than the dentists in his country.

Overall, I'm really glad I went, because now I know that, if I have a problem, I can get it fixed.

But I really hope I don't have a problem.

In other news, I'm being totally irresponsible with my money and going to Thailand (by myself) for spring break. I don't know if I'm more excited to ride an over night train (private first class for $62 each way), or stay at this resort:
Picture from http://www.tupkaeksunset.com/gallery.html


I'm travelling Biman Bangladeshi Air, so I left two extra days for when if they cancel or delay the flight

2 comments:

  1. You are having amazing adventures. I must plan an adventure for when I graduate that will allow for many more.

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  2. Oh wow...so awesome! Way to take advantage of your opportunities. I honestly don't think it's being irresponsible if you honestly consider whether, in ten years, the money or the memories will be more valuable... :) Can't wait to read about Thailand! In the meantime, we here in AA are enjoying some lovely ice and snow storms... ;)

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