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This is India! 46

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

What I was up to other than here:

  • I did an interview for the website “A Girl Who Journeys”: A Day in the Life of Rachel Jones the Werkenntwen…
  • …and one for InterNations Rachel: Werkenntwen
  • A website called Sea Salt Secrets did a list of adventurous female travel bloggers to follow: Journey Blushes 20 Fearless Females.
  • I also did an interview for a website called Journeyler Chic about dating while traveling, something I rarely talk about: Interview with Rachel from Werkenntwen

Now your story,

As an American, I’m of course obsessed with having straight white teeth. Other countries don’t have such an obsession like the U.S. does and my British girlfriends all want me to bring them Crest whitestrips.

I found a dentist in Goa that I liked; one Ben had already been going to. She based the price of the cleaning off how dirty the teeth were and mine were “very nice”! So, I was only charged 1,000 rs. I’m sure this is high for India, but it’s cheap for me compared to the U.S.

As a nurse, I’m a big fan of preventative healthcare and because it’s recommended to get your teeth cleaned every 6 months (and is covered by insurance back home), I always have.

I didn’t plan on stopping that when I moved to India. After she cleaned my teeth, I said “Ok, see you in six months!”

Her response was: “six months!? oh no, you have perfect teeth, don’t come back for some time, maybe 1 to 2 years.”

I went back in six months anyways, and maybe she thinks I’m crazy but I had a big laugh over a dentist trying to STOP me from cleaning my teeth the “appropriate” amount of time to the standards that I’m used to.

Even if it’s not the Indian standard, as I’m not sure what is, I’m surprised she wouldn’t tell me to come every four months so they could make money off me 3 times a year instead of only 2 ;)

This is India!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Marta April 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Looks like it’s been a pretty busy month :) Thank you again for taking part in the interview!

  2. Katy April 17, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I love this! It’s funny to think how obsessive Americans are over their teeth compared to people of other countries. I can’t imagine going two years without a good teeth cleaning!

    • Rachel Jones April 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Yes! I mean at the 6 month mark I’m dying to get mine cleaned, but then I’m a bit obsessive.

  3. venus john April 18, 2015 at 12:23 am - Reply

    I suppose you have really good teeth..and the dentist is honest…I would like to get a few root canals done from her too..may I have her details?

    • Rachel Jones April 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      I do not have them on hand and only know where it is by seeing it on street. It’s called Calangute Dentistry. I still go for last 2 years.

      • venus john April 21, 2015 at 2:26 am - Reply


  4. Justine April 18, 2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Haha, but the reason you have such perfect teeth is because you maintain them. This is too funny. Are the dentists good in Goa? I actually need to get my teeth cleaned but for some reason I’m kind of freaked out about going to a dentist in Jakarta!

  5. Tim UrbanDuniya April 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Intersting… a very different attitude…

    One thing that I have noticed in the subcontinent (particularly in the northern part) is that a lot of people have naturally straight teeth. They might not look after them well (or at all), but I’ve noticed lesser proportion of people who would require orthodontic work than back in Australia!!! Just an observation…

  6. De'Jav April 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Interesting how standards of teeth differ from country to country. USA I must say we do take care of our teeth.

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