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Science-Based Medicine » Oppose “Big Floss”; practice alternative dentistry

by John Krehbiel on 10 January 2010

This is mildly amusing, until you get to the last line. Then it’s amazing.

Science-Based Medicine » Oppose “Big Floss”; practice alternative dentistry.

-- 2010-01-10  »  John Krehbiel

Talkback x 3

  1. Greg Krehbiel
    10 January 2010 @ 7:05 pm

    I had a philosophy professor at the U of Md who regularly made fun of American dentistry. He said we’re obsessed with straight, even teeth, “but when you travel,” he said, “you realize that people in other countries don’t worry about these sorts of things, and they get along just fine with crooked teeth.”

    He was a part of my awakening to the fact that when people try to criticize the United States by reference to foreign practices, the truth is usually the opposite of what they want you to think. There’s a reason why people want to come to the United States.

  2. Jordan Henderson
    10 January 2010 @ 7:56 pm

    I have a canine that’s very much out of place. When I smile you can see it. I’ve gotten along 51 years with it just fine.

    I think we are a bit over obsessed with perfect teeth.

    On the other hand, my wife and many of her siblings all had ortho, I believe and I think they would have had terrible teeth without it, based on some early photos I’ve seen. I know that really crooked teeth are more prone to carries and other problems and in many countries they don’t even consider orthodontia.

  3. pentamom
    11 January 2010 @ 3:16 am

    The comments are a hoot, too. Usually they only detract, but that blog has smart denizens.