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Transcending Dental Medication in China

A few weeks ago I was in magical Guanxi province to visit with the the unbreakable Chun Li. During my visit I had, not one, but two fillings, put in during my time in the military, decide to abandon their posts–one on either side of my mouth. I went on a sudden food fast because it was impossible to eat. With several days left before I could leave Yangshuo for Guangzhou I headed straight to the local hospital. Everyone there was friendly enough. The dentist had her grandson assisting.

China Dentist

The Dental Clinic was on the second floor and all you had to do to find it was follow the smell of the bathroom, sans doors, next to my treatment room.

Dental Tools

The franken-lab tools and mixtures did not bother me nearly as much as having to rinse and then spit into a tiny trash can. I am not nearly as accurate at expectorating as the average Chinese, so I ended the session looking as though my sleeves had been been mauled by a St. Bernard.

So, the old joke goes:

Q: Why did the guru refuse Novacaine when he went to his dentist?

A: He wanted to transcend dental medication.


Well, I did not get the option of Novacaine. For the 70 Yuan ( $8.40) the visit cost me I had to make due with clove oil built into the filling material.

I still have horribly minty fresh breath and everything tastes like an Easter ham.

And no, I don’t know the onlooker here:

Chinese Dentist

And yes, I am feeling much better now:

Toothless Chinese man

Photos by Ms Bolly

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4 Responses to “Transcending Dental Medication in China”

  1. Matton Mar 26th 2007 at 6:19 am

    Ouch. I’ve been avoiding any dental work until I visit home this summer. Or maybe I could take my chances by hopping the border to Hong Kong. Either way, I don’t think I trust the dentists any more than I trust most of the doctors here. I’m more afraid of diseases from the hospitals than I am of what might be ailing me. Cleanliness is not a virtue at the local hospital.

  2. Lonnieon Mar 26th 2007 at 7:52 am

    I do have to say that I was in awe at what she did with so little…And the clove was an effective pain stopper…

    The place was not very clean (euphemism)…but, they are doing the best they can with what they have….

    And ya, I would have hit HK./Guangzhou if I could have….

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  4. Salenaon Jul 20th 2008 at 7:07 pm

    That dental visit looks horrible! I had a root canal this week so I do feel your pain – even worse I am pregnant so nothing for said pain and boy could I have used it. However, I will never complain about my dentist again after seeing and reading what you had to go through!

    Hope you are feeling wonderful!

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