Yet another trip to the dentist today. It's the last one until September, when they start work on the left side of my mouth! As ever, it was the usual mix of good and bad - I got bumped to the front of the queue (although there were only two folk ahead of me) but then had to endure the usual procession of random people wandering into the treatment room to chat to my dentist while I was being drilled and filled. I just had to hope she wasn't too distracted.
I am lucky though to have a dental teaching hospital just 5 minutes walk from my flat, and the wonderful Prof. Liu Juan as my "personal" dentist. Trained in the USA and now teaching other dentists in Kunming, she has excellent English and a very kind demeanour. She also encourages me to ring her personal phone if I have any pain or wish to make an appointment, which I doubt any UK dentist would! Mind you, I have seen quite a lot of her over the last 2-3 years. She's repaired two chipped teeth, built and installed two crowns and given me 11 or more fillings. Thankfully, dental work here is about half the price as in the UK though, on my wages, still a significant expense. And it always feels a bit odd to be paying someone to inflict pain...
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