Okay, it may not have been great, but it was as good as a dentist visit can be. Pain free, and inexpensive. That's what I look for in a visit to the dentist!
There's a father/daughter dentist office here in the town of Valle de Juarez. The daughter, Lissette, has had rave reviews from some of the campers who have had work done, and Ruth actually had a cleaning and inspection done when we were here last year.
The last time I was at a dentist was when I had a molar repaired when we were in Puerto Escondido two years ago. And we're going to be spending six months in Canada so I wanted to get a cleaning and inspection done before heading north. There's no way I want to be handing any money over to a Canadian dentist ever again!
Kevin in the dental chair while Dr. Lissette does her thing.
Any dentist we've ever been to in Mexico does their own cleaning and inspection. In our experiences, the job of cleaning isn't farmed out to a lower paid dental hygienist. Sorry to all you dental hygienists out there, but your job exists in Canada and the U.S. solely to make more money for your boss! In Canada and the U.S., dentistry is a business. But because Mexico doesn't put their health care professionals on a financial pedestal, the dental care is all done by the dentist. Although I would expect that the many busy dental offices in the Mexican border cities catering to Americans probably also make use of dental hygienists to maximize their "profit per patient hour" as dentists in the northern part of North America are taught to do.
Cleaning and inspection done, however she found one tiny cavity beside a previous filling done many years ago. So I've made another appointment for the 27th to go back and have that repaired.
When she was finished, I asked how much I owed her for the 45 minutes of work. She said "oh, you can just pay me all at once when we finish up next week".
But we know from when Ruth visited last year that her cleaning and inspection cost 200 pesos ($16.80). So I'm guessing that this tiny filling (she said it would be another half hour) will probably add another 200 pesos to the bill. I'm guessing when I go to pay the bill next week that it won't be much more than 400 pesos ($33.60) in total.
The rest of the day was uneventful. We cooked up a delicious top sirloin steak, although it could have been a little more tender. Not bad though!
Grilled potatoes and top sirloin steak!
Happy Birthday to Tony (Ruth's dad)....hope you have a great day!