Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Saved My Life 갯마 차차차 내 목숨을 구했다

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. View of the ocean and a lighthouse.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

What can I say about this Kdrama? Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha was great! As much as I wanted to binge-watch this drama, I was hosting a watch party for this particular one. It was hard to not keep going when you're itching to find out what will happen next.

Korean drama writers are a special breed. They know exactly when to put those cliffhangers in, and make you wonder what will happen next after that 60-minute episode ends. They have it down like an art. Am I right?

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Hyejin and Dusik looking at each other and smiling.
Screenshot from Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha on Netflix

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a cute Kdrama based around a dentist, Hyejin, from Seoul, and a handyman, Dusik, from a small town called Gongjin. Most of the drama is placed in this small village along the coast where their love unfolds. One of the many comments I made during this drama was that there were so many cute side couple storylines weaved into the drama.

If you haven't watched this one, you definitely need to put it up towards the top of your list. I totally recommend it.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha changed my life.. for the best!

So, let me explain. It all started off when I was living in Korea in 2009. My teeth were in perfect condition with no cavities. I brushed and flossed my teeth morning and night like I did my whole life. Then, I went in for my yearly routine check-up. My mouth literally dropped when the dentist told me that I had 10 cavities! Like WHAT?!?

After the fact, my co-worker told me that Korean toothpaste lacked fluoride. GREAT! Explains EVERYTHING. I had wondered why so many native Koreans were always brushing after every meal and why they carried around toothbrushes in their purses.

After 3.5 years in Korea, I came back home to go to graduate school. It was a time when I couldn't afford to have both health and dental insurance. I got married later that year so as soon as I got on my husband's insurance plan, I paid a visit to the dentist.

Apparently, I had a tooth that was pretty much all decayed so I had no choice but to get a root canal. I got a second root canal procedure 5 years later on the same tooth because something had gotten into the crown. Then, a year after that, there was pain in that tooth. It was unbearable and long story short, I had an infection at the root and that tooth got pulled out for good.

Getting an implant didn't sound all too pleasant so I had asked around my group of friends to see if not replacing that empty space would end up causing my teeth to shift. Everyone I talked to seem to be in unison that missing a tooth did not result in other teeth shifting. So, I really didn't have any plans to fill in the empty gap.

Then, my watch party got to episode 3 of this lovely Kdrama and things got real. Gamri, an elderly woman, was in need of 3 implants to replace the ones that were causing her pain. She refused to get implants because she thought it was pointless to spend that kind of money on her teeth at her age and asked that Hyejin just pull her teeth out. Upset that the elderly woman didn't take her health seriously, Hyejin spewed out what missing teeth could do to her. 

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Gamri at the dentist office.
Screenshot from Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha on Netflix

This scene kept me up one night that week and I ended up googling the repercussions of not replacing a tooth. You better bet I booked an appointment at a nearby dental surgeon the following morning.

I got my implant before our watch party ended and I am now just waiting for a few months for the implant to settle before being able to get my crown in. Thank you Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.

I don't want to spoil the Kdrama so I'll just say that she saved more than just my life. 

Better Safe Than Sorry

Whenever I have friends who plan or have received job offers in Korea, one of the first things I tell them is to make sure to take toothpaste. I'm not sure if fluoride amounts have changed in Korean toothpaste in the last decade, but I say better safe than sorry. You don't want to end up with 10 cavities and then start developing a domino effect of other oral issues. 

Have you watched a Kdrama that changed your life? Tell me about it in the comments below!



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