January 16, 2012 / Weird and bizarre / 0 comments
Next time you recline in a dentist chair dreading the Novocain-numbed sting of a drill, let your mind drift to India where dentistry is performed on the street by vendors. Maybe then you’ll be a little more grateful of how good you have it! (Some of these pictures are from China as well). In India, street services are plentiful, with dentists operating alongside other street services, such as apothecaries, repairmen, and barbers. These practitioners charge far less than licensed dentists, often charging as little as 125 rupees for a procedure such as a bridge—which, at a licensed dentist, could be as expensive as 10,000 rupees. Many learn the trade from their parents. Take a look. Enjoy.