Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do you hate dentists?

I finally did it. After four years of paying into the Japanese National Health Insurance program, I did something that I should have done a long time ago. I got a wisdom tooth removed.

I'd like to say, "I got my wisdom teeth removed," but this is Japan. For reasons I can only speculate about, they do it one at a time.

I may have mentioned before how I went to a dentist to get a cleaning and they cleaned my top teeth then asked me to return the next week to do the bottom. I never went back.

Luckily this new dentist I go to speaks English pretty well and is not afraid to clean all my teeth at once. I got a few fillings from him this summer (six fillings means at least four visits) but kept putting off getting my wisdom teeth pulled.

My dentist knows I hate him. Not in a personal way. Maybe I would get along with him if I met him at a bar or something.

During my tooth-pulling visit he asked me if I'd studied any more Japanese. I answered, "hai."

He asked me what I learned. I had actually just come from a lesson, but I'm way to shy to speak Japanese to Japanese people, so I said, "haisha" [dentist].

Of course he acted totally impressed then asked me, "歯医者がきらいですか?" [Do you hate dentists?].

"Hai," I answered.

Then I opened my mouth and clenched my hands together and let him do his thing. Took less than a minute.

He asked me if I wanted to take my tooth home. I said no. He told me I should because it's a souvenir. So he put it in a little plastic tooth case and in my hand. So now I have that.


Buddhafied said...

I was thinking how weird he asked you that, but then I thought if he had asked you the opposite: 歯医者が好きですか? And you also replied with "hai!" then it will be like a start of a porno... Something to think about isn't it?

red-handed said...

*Always* take the tooth home. That way it's your prisoner.

Jo said...

I know just how you feel, my dentist told me I didn't hate dentists, I hated dentistry. At my age, I haven't too many of my own teeth left, so soon I won't have to worry about it at all.

Lucky you, learning Japanese, do try speaking to people though, if you don't it really won't be a lot of use. I have learned a few phrases over the years. Mostly from watching or reading Shogun.

yun said...

I like your tooth holder! Back home he dentist never gave such cute stuff!