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Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America
By Mary Otto
4.6 out of 5 stars (19 Reviews)
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Publisher:  The New Press
Edition:  1st
Published:  March 14, 2017
Binding:  Hardcover
Pages:  288
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“Show me your teeth,” the great naturalist Georges Cuvier is credited with saying, “and I will tell you who you are.” In this shattering new work, veteran health journalist Mary Otto looks inside America’s mouth, revealing unsettling truths about our unequal society.

Teeth takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health. Otto’s subjects include the pioneering dentist who made Shirley Temple and Judy Garland’s teeth sparkle on the silver screen and helped create the all-American image of “pearly whites”; Deamonte Driver, the young Maryland boy whose tragic death from an abscessed tooth sparked congressional hearings; and a marketing guru who offers advice to dentists on how to push new and expensive treatments and how to keep Medicaid patients at bay. In one of its most disturbing findings, Teeth reveals that toothaches are not an occasional inconvenience, but rather a chronic reality for millions of people, including disproportionate numbers of the elderly and people of color. Many people, Otto reveals, resort to prayer to counteract the uniquely devastating effects of dental pain.

Otto also goes back in time to understand the roots of our predicament in the history of dentistry, showing how it became separated from mainstream medicine, despite a century of growing evidence that oral health and general bodily health are closely related.

Muckraking and paradigm-shifting, Teeth exposes for the first time the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. It joins the small shelf of books that change the way we view society and ourselves—and will spark an urgent conversation about why our teeth matter.

 
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4.0 out of 5 stars.  Well researched., October 08, 2017
By LTH
Well researched, eye opening account of a giant gap in total health care program in USA. Frightening but necessary read. Helpful 1 helpful vote |

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Excellent. Must read for all dental professions, public policy makers, September 02, 2017
By Carol Jahn
Mary Otto not only documents the state of dental care in the US today, she gives you a front seat into the impact this has on the personal lives of those who are unable to get access to care. Mary does a great job at shining a light on how divided dental care is from medicine. Many will be surprised to learn that there is no dental benefit in Medicare. I'm a dental professional and parts of this book were tough to read. We need to do better. Helpful 1 helpful vote |

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  A must read!, August 30, 2017
By tamana
Incredible book! Extremely well written! Helpful 1 helpful vote |

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  Review from Dentist, August 30, 2017
By RJT DDS
As a dentist at times I felt that many of the solutions to the issues were not sustainable or even feasible but a good overall picture of the issues we face as a dental community and nationally. 4.5 stars. Sometimes it takes an outsider looking in to fix an issue. Health care in this country is not perfect and dental is the same. Hopefully a solution is not far on the horizon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Five Stars, August 23, 2017
By Bridgette
A must read for pre-dental students Helpful 1 helpful vote |

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4.0 out of 5 stars.  A good read., August 16, 2017
By C
Insightful. Revealing. Explains a lot about the system in which we find ourselves. Helpful 1 helpful vote |

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