Dentists in the UK. I have known a few. Yes, yes, I have. Never mind what the international man of mystery, Austin Powers looks like…this is a gross characterisation that alludes to the fact- or rather, assumes that British people have bad teeth. They have wonderful teeth.
I was lucky enough to have a healthy relationship with my dentist back home in the US whom I saw every 6 months. I always left with a toy and a new toothbrush so I was a pretty happy camper. My Mother played her part giving me and my brother sugar-free candy growing up (she insisted she loved us). Now I am an adult grown woman living in the UK (woot woot!) and I try not to eat too much Cadbury’s chocolate or Lindt chocolate balls or Quality Street chocolate or Mars bars or Bounty Bars (chocolate covered coconut yummy goodness) but I do. Every week. In fact I am eating some chocolate right now. Just kidding, Mom.
Here in the UK you can see a dentist for FREE on the NHS or you have the option to go private. While the NHS is pretty great, I personally prefer to see a private dentist-and I do. I like my dentist. He is kind and friendly and seems interested in British politics (Yay) and he seems like a competent dentist. Oh and his teeth are amazing. In addition, my dentist also has a boat and 7 children (although these 2 facts are not related) I am pretty sure I helped finance that boat but I can not take responsibility for those 7 children. This I will not do. My dentist looks like Cliff Richard.
I see my dentist here in the UK every 6 months or so- but I do not leave with a toy or a toothbrush. Times change I guess.
The other day I had to see a periodontist. If you do not know what that is, then consider yourself lucky. Trust me, you don’t want to know. It went pretty ok and I left with my teeth and gums in tact. Now, post-appointment, I have to change my ENTIRE approach to how I clean my teeth- if I want to keep them. Plus, he gave me some handy tips on how to keep my pearly whites, well…pearly white-looking. He told me other stuff too but I don’t want to bore you.
Yup, I ain’t even gonna lie to you. Seeing a private periodontist was expensive. When I got home I had toast for dinner and bemoaned the fact that the cost of fixing my teeth, could probably buy me an island in the Caribbean or at least 3 island’s in the Caribbean.
I had previously blogged about teeth. Now, 6 months later I am blogging again about teeth and dentists. Every 6 months people. Try to visit your dentist every 6 months so you don’t have to see a periodontist like me.