I just heard that my poor dad tripped on the pavement while running for the bus and knocked his two front teeth out. I do hope he gets well soon. In the meantime, here’s a little ditty to cheer him up:
Yesterday, I made the trip to the dentist for the first time in over 8 years, and right now, I’m recovering from having a wisdom tooth pulled out. Incidentally the last time I went to the dentist I also had a wisdom tooth out. Fortunately on both occasions, I had a top tooth removed, which I’ve heard is less painful than having the bottom ones out.
The horror of a Japanese dentist?
The last time I went to the dentist, back in 1999, I had reached a point of desperation. There are so many horror stories about Japanese dentists that I put up with the pain for a year before it finally got the better of me. If you’ve never been to the dentist in Japan, let me tell you that it’s no different to what you’d experience back home (at least from what I remember of the dentist in the UK). Perhaps the only bizarre thing is that you’re not alone in the room. My local dental surgery has four chairs lined up with a partition between each, and the same dentist hops from patient to patient as we sit there with our mouths open, waiting for him to rotate back to us. Other than that, my experience was quite normal… or was it?
Staring out the dentist
I was telling my wife how the dentist had used what looked like a pair of pliers and (gesturing with my arms) yanked the tooth out while my eyes rolled up into my head, when she said “What? You don’t close you eyes?”
What a question!
I spent my first two years in Japan squatting the wrong way over a Japanese toilet because I thought I was doing it the right way, and this is quite similar. Is is normal for people to close their eyes at the dentist? I never have. It’s not like I stare out the dentist, but I usually stare at the ceiling. So, am I alone? Am I a weird, scary, wide-eyed foreigner whose eyeballs roll upwards in their sockets when having a tooth pulled out? Here’s the poll…