Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.
Yes, we've been to the dentist here in Cuenca! Good experience or bad experience? Great experience! So, how does one know who to go to for medical or dental care - and if they're reputable, and if they're going to do an excellent job and if they are honest and all about their patient's care? Bo and I ask our Ecuadorian friends for recommendations. One Ecuadorian family who are well-connected here in Cuenca and who are like our family here are a fabulous source of information for us. We found our family doctor and dentist because of their recommendations. We trust this family and who they know. That makes it very easy for us because we know they will only refer us to the best.
It was time for our cleanings. We always went every 6 months back in the states when we had dental insurance through Bo's employment. Without insurance, a cleaning and mandatory x-rays would cost each of us close to $200 a visit. A friend back in Portland, Oregon told me that she recently paid $300 for her cleaning and x-rays - and she is NOT insured. CRAZY! So, when we made our appointments with Dr. Emerson in El Centro, we were happy to learn that our cleanings would cost us $30 each. Who does the cleaning? The dentist, of course. Bo went first. I watched. Nothing fancy about Dr. Emerson's office. It actually had a lot of that old-fashioned outdated dental equipment. We had to spit into the bowl, and there weren't fancy TV's or sound systems going on in the office. It was quiet, and Dr. Emerson talked to us and patiently worked on Bo's teeth while I asked him lots of questions about his practice and his education. He was open and happy to share with us.
Dr. Emerson does it all - from making the appointments to cleaning his patient's teeth.