Do you ever think about your dentist’s unpolished shoes while lying in his dental chair?
*In 1951,a dentist in Middlesex, England, refused to see male patients who presented to his practice without wearing a tie. It is unclear whether this attitude was attributed to an inborn obsessive personality trait, or if it evolved from years of dental training, which involved the implementation of strict personal hygiene measures.
How times have changed…these days we live in a society that tends to be somewhat more laid back. Some dentists are even known to practise unshaven (the men, of course), wearing a t- shirt, jeans, and sneakers.
What are your thoughts on today’s dental fashion?
*Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle, Friday 9 February 1951
Private Alf Lewis was an enterprising ANZAC. While a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II, his false teeth became useless. He set to replace these by making new ones out of tinfoil wrappers from cheese sent by the Red Cross. His fellow prisoners were so impressed with his shiny new teeth, that they assigned him the task of replacing theirs as well.
A Parisian woman took her dentist to court, after one of her false teeth fell into the hand of her fiancé. This, she claimed ruined her chances of successfully marrying for the second time. The court heard that prior to the incident, the fiancé always complimented the woman on her best asset. However, this was done in ignorance of them not being her natural teeth. She claimed that the man was horrified and ran away, not seeing him since!