In parts ofChina far away from the big cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guanzhou,street dentists like this man still performs teeth extraction. http://www.travelblog.com/ . this picture was taken in Youlou.
Oy Yo Lo!!!!! Ching Tiang Yoh!! (Foochow)
Adui!! Alamak! (Bahasa Malaysia)
Akai ngngai!! Apo!! Pedius amat! (Iban)
wow! How Tung!! (Mandarin)
Going to the dentist increases our heart beats by more than 50 beats. Our stomach will growl as if we were hungry. Even the most qualified dentist would send us shivering in our chair and we would wish that the earth would swallow us up when we heard the sound of the drill.
So how did our ancestors feel when they were given treatment by this street or barefoot dentist in Sibu? The pain that they were having would propel them to undergo the rough treatment and final extraction of a troublesome teeth. As dentures were not yet the style in Sibu in the 40's or 50's, most older people had a choice - poorly treated teeth which were blackened and part rotten, or complete lose of teeth by the age of 70. Many were toothless ah moo and ah pek.
I was told that this dentist would sit on the shoulders of his patients if they gave a struggle! Can you believe that?
Watch out for my next posting on Dr. Tiong Teck King, the famous dentist of Channel Road who started his business in the late 50's. Yes, his clinic is still there. It has become a sort of tourist spot now.