What’s it like to go to the dentist in Sweden? I’ve always tried to avoid things like massages,visits to the doctor and dentist appointments while living in Sweden. For one, I can always get this down back home, and I always thought it would cost a lot more (massages definitely cost more than back home actually).
Just my luck that my dentist back home cancelled my appointment and I wasn’t able to check that off my to-do list. I would have put it off until the summer, but I started feeling like I might have a cavity. It was just the holidays and I had been eating quite a few sweets recently.
I decided to select a dentist that was in my area so it would be easy to get to from work. I sent in a question via their online contact form asking if they were accepting new patients and got a reply the next day. They had an appointment that same week and just in case something was seriously wrong with my teeth, I decided to take it.
When I got to the dentist office, I had to fill in the usual forms when you are a new patient. Medical history, current health, allergies and any concerns or medication. Filling out forms in another language is a bit tricky when the medical terminology used aren’t words you have heard or learned before. There was also this beautiful view of a church outside that was pretty distracting 😉
View from the dentist waiting room
Once that was done, they called me into the room and asked me what I would like to have done today. This was somewhat of a surprise but one I appreciated. Back home, I am so used to having to tell them what I do not want to get done. They always have their own list of procedures each visit, which includes things that I don’t believe to be necessary every 6 months – like X-rays or the fluoride rinse.
I was impressed with how fancy and new all the equipment looked in this dental office. I thought for sure this is going to cost me. But I ended up paying around the same price as I pay back home, and this visit even included X-rays because of my concern that I may have cavities.
The next thing that surprised me was, after the X-rays were finished, the hygienist left to call the dentist in. I thought ok, he’s going to do the quick exam before the actual cleaning, but after he did the exam he said he would begin to remove the tartar or ‘Tah Tar’ as he pronounced it off my teeth. And the hygienist was just there standing by with the suction during the cleaning.
Flossing really does help, and the removal of the tartar wasn’t as bad as some visits. At the end, he said that coming back in 6 months wasn’t necessary and next year is probably best. Next year?! They always automatically book dentist appointments every 6 months back home. Do we just care more about our teeth in North America or do they want more money from us??
vackra tänder! (beautiful teeth)
There are some differences between visiting a dentist in Sweden versus visiting one back home, and one is not necessarily better than another. I’m just glad I got it taken care of. No free toothbrush or toothpaste though.
Happy to be Cavity free and have beautiful clean teeth.