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Published: November 23rd 2006
Very happy girl
Demonstrating the proper way to brush your teeth. We're taught different here than what we learned in the states. Does it change from year to year?
Callista and I had our six month check-ups yesterday at our dentist’s office in Pavas. We were thrilled to get great news, no cavities. We’re in the clear for awhile. Bill had his first exam, he wasn’t so lucky. We’ll be going into the city once a week for the next month or so. Callista and I don’t mind at all as we’ll be able to spend time window shopping and enjoying the holiday season in the city knowing we aren’t the ones getting drilled this time. We’ll see if Bill likes all the teasing when it’s HIS turn in the chair.
While dentist Claudia worked on Callista we discussed her two teeth that are getting loose and joked about the tooth fairy finding us in Costa Rica. Much to our surprise we learned there isn’t a tooth fairy here instead they have a tooth RAT! Ok, maybe it’s just me but that is more frightening than iguanas in the park. Are you kidding, small children all over the country look forward to a vista from El Raton? Sorry but visions of a rat climbing on MY child’s bed to take her teeth frightens me. I have no problems giving
Bill in the hot seat
Dra. Nancy Mendez Moreira ready for Bill's first exam.
up Halloween or even Thanksgiving but I’m not going to adapt to a rat over a fairy. It’s just not going to happen. Any Costa Ricans reading please explain this tradition to me. I want to understand it but that doesn’t mean I’ll accept or adopt it.
Ok, off that scary thought. Of the seventy something blogs I’ve written the one on dentists is viewed more often than any. I can only assume people want to know the price of dental care in Costa Rica as there have been few comments on that particular blog. For those enquiring minds our cost for services yesterday was 87,000.00 colones or $174.00. That price included cleaning, exam and fluoride for the three of us as well as tarter removal for both Bill and I, something Callista didn’t need. We asked about teeth whitening as that’s something many people want to have done while visiting, our dentist office charges about $225.00. Did I mention that I called Tuesday morning and had appointments for all three of us the following afternoon. We had to wait months for appointments in the states then wait for sometimes over an hour in the office for our turn
Our Dentists & Assistant
Dra. Claudia, Dra. Nancy, Carina and Callista
in the hot seat with a hygienist and 5 minutes with the dentist. Claudia and Nancy, the dentists do ALL the work in our mouths personally, from cleanings to x-rays.
If you’re looking for a dentist in the San Jose area, near the U.S. Embassy here’s the info on our dentists: For children Dra.Claudia P. Mendez Moreira , adults Dra. Nancy Mendez Moreira Location: 100 meters south of the post office in Pavas. Phone: 290-5568 Carina is their assistant and most likely the one who’ll answer the phone and make the appointments.
These ladies have become our friends as well as our dentists. We’re happy to recommend them. We’ve come to know their families as they have gotten to know us. I’m sure there are great dentists in San Ramon, perhaps even some less expensive but for us it’s worth the hour drive each way to see Claudia and Nancy. They may not be the right dentists for you but for us there will be no others. We’d like to thank-you ladies publicly for your kind, gentle touch and loving care. Carina, we missed you yesterday. We hope your son is feeling better.
I also want to
We stopped at a new restaurant off the auto pista for lunch, Nonna's. Great people stop if you're hungry on the way to San Ramon.
use this blog to tell you about a new restaurant we stopped at on our way to San Jose, Nonna’s. You can’t miss it driving either direction towards San Jose or San Ramon. Depending on the direction you're traveling it's either just before or after Naranjo. We watched it being built in the months since we moved here and had wanted to stop and give it a try. If you are hungry, need a cup of coffee, bathroom or an ice cream to quiet the kids please stop and say “Hi” from us. We met the owners, their daughter and grandson, who is the face on the big sign with ice cream in front of the building. English is spoken but it’s a great place to practice your Spanish and know you can revert to English if necessary. They are very friendly; the husband is a graduate of Penn State and his wife the former director of a private Catholic school in San Ramon. In their retirement years they decided to open the restaurant. Didn’t anyone warn them how much work a restaurant is? At any rate, we’ll be stopping back in at Nonna’s for excellent coffee, good eats and
They look like tostadas to me but here they're chalupas. What ever you call them they were good!
conversation with very nice people and an awesome view towards Atenas to boot.
Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating to everyone else, Happy Thursday!
Jen, Bill, Callista and Bear
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