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As an American, I’m of course obsessed with having straight white teeth. Other countries don’t have such an obsession like the U.S. does and my British girlfriends all want me to bring them Crest whitestrips.

I found a dentist in Goa that I liked; one Ben had already been going to. She based the price of the cleaning off how dirty the teeth were and mine were “very nice”! So, I was only charged 1,000 rs. I’m sure this is high for India, but it’s cheap for me compared to the U.S.

As a nurse, I’m a big fan of preventative healthcare and because it’s recommended to get your teeth cleaned every 6 months (and is covered by insurance back home), I always have.

I didn’t plan on stopping that when I moved to India. After she cleaned my teeth, I said “Ok, see you in six months!”

Her response was: “six months!? oh no, you have perfect teeth, don’t come back for some time, maybe 1 to 2 years.”

I went back in six months anyways, and maybe she thinks I’m crazy but I had a big laugh over a dentist trying to STOP me from cleaning my teeth the “appropriate” amount of time to the standards that I’m used to.

Even if it’s not the Indian standard, as I’m not sure what is, I’m surprised she wouldn’t tell me to come every four months so they could make money off me 3 times a year instead of only 2 ;)

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