Saturday, October 01, 2016

Bizarre Things in France - The Dentist

I have never been a fan of the dentist.  Genetically, I have terrible teeth and have always had trouble.  So, when it came to getting our act together and actually making a dentist appointment in a foreign country, it wasn't at the top of my list of priorities.  Combine this with my inability to speak French, especially over the phone to a receptionist to make an appointment, and it sank even lower in the list.  We all went to the dentist in November and December of 2015, but didn't quite make it to any dentist for our 6 month check up.  A few more months passed... A friend of mine here in Toulouse told me about and we finally took some action.

DoctoLib.FR - You can search for a doctor by type and location, read about them, then make an appointment on-line.  I found a dentist that wasn't very far from our house. On the site, under "Langues Parlees" it said "Anglais."  So, I booked the kids' appointments.  We could have visited the dentist downstairs in our building, just outside our apartment complex...  But it would have involved calling or stopping by and speaking terrible French (or Portuguese, she knows many languages, but not English).  

There wasn't a fancy way to book two appointments for the same day, so we took one on Monday and one on Friday.  When Monday came around, we hurried over to the dentist after school.  After waiting for a bit and filling out the normal paperwork, Will was called in.  The dentist did not speak English, but we managed our way through with my terrible French.  We even engaged in some random small talk about how we liked Toulouse and why we were there.  She asked if there were any problems with Will's teeth, I said no, we are only here for a routine visit.  I showed her the x-rays that I had brought from his most recent appointment, back in 2015.  She took a look at the x-rays, took a look at his teeth, and that was it.  

French Dentists don't clean your teeth!

If you are irresponsible enough to improperly brush your teeth, then you can go to the dentist to get a filling when you notice you have pain.  But, it seems to be your civic and personal responsibility to properly brush and floss.  

To cover all of our bases, and so we didn't have to drive over again on Friday, Alex also had his "exam."  It seems he does not exhibit the civic and personal responsibility necessary here in France when it comes to teeth.  His teeth were not terribly clean, even though he brushes them twice a day and flosses in the morning.  So, did the dentist actually clean his teeth and scrape the plaque off?  No.  It seems that when you have a child who is not responsible, the responsibility falls on you.  We left the office with the directive that I should brush Alex's teeth as the responsible parental representative.

Taking responsibility?  What a terribly non-American concept.  Hopefully this is something French that will rub off on the kids while they are here.

Kids Teeth!

1 comment:

Campbell Watterworth said...

yeah dds visit and groovie kids!