A few days ago, AI’s roommates shared their experience of suffering from bad toothache. Regardless of the ways of alleviating toothache, they all resulted in the dental nerve injuries. This topic struck an instant chord. Recalling the desperate toothache experience that forced my roommates to even hit the wall, they rejected to see the dentists. So why? Although most of international students in the U.S. purchase international student health insurance (aka 留学生保险), yet the tooth extraction in America is usually excluded from the healthcare health (aka 美国医保).

I therefore created an online panel inviting international students to share their sufferings out of toothache.

Lao Wang

I chose to work in the United State upon graduation. Although I bought H1B insurance (aka h1b保险),and I have been good at bearing toothache since childhood, I did not go to see a dentist until the eve of my marriage. I did not notice how much it hurt, because I didn’t get dental treatment in time. Basically, all the big teeth in my mouth now are dentures. Jesus Christ!

Wan Sicong

During my sophomore year in the United States, I had the wisdom teeth, and the right side of my face was swollen. However, my University Health Insurance in America (aka 美国医疗保险) didn’t cover the teeth diagnosis. When I woke up at midnight out of my toothache, I found my ears were deaf.

Fan Heihei

The wisdom teeth on my left face were inflamed after graduation in America. My face was swollen as if it had been stung by a wasp. I was too painful to fall asleep for three nights! The paregoric did not work at all!!! While traveling back to China during Christmas break, the first thing I did was to pull out my four wisdom teeth, since my OPT insurance (aka opt保险)  did not cover my dental treatment. My life turned to normality. Peace 🙁

Amy Lee

I participated in the Study Abroad Program organized by my school in the summer of 2013. In the beginning of my second week in the United States, I got bad toothache. I already bought the travel insurance (aka 美国旅游保险) before the program, but it did not cover the dental treatment. I bore my toothache until I returned home two weeks later. I love great China! Smile.

Chang Feirui

I found a gap between the fifth and the sixth upper right tooth when I was studying in junior high school. During my junior year in college, I did not go to see the dentist even though I had bad toothache. I washed my teeth and filled 18 “dormant” tooth cavities after the finals. I doubted that I was already 66 years old in lieu of 22, especially when I licked my bumpy teeth before my teeth were filled. Now I use electric toothbrush and dental floss every day. I do not want to die, nor dare to die.