I went to the dentist last week for a routine cleaning. Settling into the dental chair, the contrast between what I saw around me in Dr. Carver’s office and what The Velvet Rocket staff observed in a North Korean dental office during our recent visit there, prompted me to decide that I would not wish to experience a dental emergency in North Korea.
A broad view of the North Korean dental studio we visited:
Ready and waiting for a patient… You?
A dentist in the studio at work on a patient:
I was curious about the dental tools that were being utilized and took these closeups of the instrument trays:
The cigarette lighter mixed in with the dental instruments doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, does it? Or does it?
This machine for dental x-rays was located on the wall behind me when I was taking the pictures of the dental office… I don’t know if it is functional or not:
Next to the x-ray was this inspirational poster on proper dental hygiene for North Koreans… Good stuff, huh?
Keep in mind that this is the flagship dental studio in North Korea that they show off to the foreigners. So, one does wonder what might be found elsewhere in Pyongyang, let alone out in the countryside.