If you have been in Panama for more than 2 months and have not heard someone say, “hey, you should really get your teeth whitened by my friend, he’s a dentist,” then you probably have not been truly living.
The dentistry infatuation in Panama starts as children. An important part of Panamanian childhood is going to school in a dentist outfit. You may notice that a lot of Panamanians first study nursing but as you will find out, this is just a secret way to help them get to dentistry.
If you really want to make a splash at a Panamanian party, you can ask if anyone knows a good dentist. This is sooo good. It is like asking a Norwegian if they are familiar with smoked salmon. Because before you know it, you will have like 10 or 20 business cards of dentists in front of you. You may even have one of the party members themselves offering to inspect your mouth. The only thing more common is a friend who is a lawyer but at least you can trust the dentists.