Time for a dentist, Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
While traveling long-term, it’s a good idea to check in on the body once in a while. Dental health has come up often in our conversations lately, maybe due to the fact that we have been drinking excessive amounts of sugary Vietnamese coffee, or perhaps we’ve seen too many people missing entire sets of teeth. Whatever the reason, we both had an overwhelming desire to seek out some dental care. Ho Chi Minh City is full of storefronts with signs and graphics depicting teeth. (That means it’s a dentist right? Not always.) If you don’t speak Vietnamese, good luck trying to read the signs, but every once in a while, you’ll see a sign with some semblance to English.
We walked into Nha Khoa Xinh Dental Clinic, not too far from where we were staying, and the first impressions were great. I was relieved to see the sterile state of the dental office. It was spotless and even smelled sterile, the way doctor’s offices should smell. The girls at the front desk spoke good English and were quite well-versed at talking us into getting the cleaning right there and then. (Is there commission involved? They definitely tried to do a hard sell.) We didn’t have other appointments that day, (ha!) so feeling adventurous, we agreed.
I don’t know what nightmare I was expecting, but they did a thorough and fantastic job. The whole process was quick, painless, and took no more than 30 minutes. It set us back $15 USD for cleaning and polishing, not to mention getting to sit in a sterile environment with airconditioning for a half hour. Both of us left the office with lighter, fresher, and cleaner mouths.
If you’re in Ho Chi Minh for any length of time and feel like you need to get your teeth cleaned and polished, our experience was pleasant enough to give Nha Khoa Xinh Dental a good recommendation. They were professional, inexpensive, and fast.