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Bad teeth, especially bad front teeth, are instantly noticeable. When the wearer opens his mouth, the impressions of bad teeth remain in the memory of the observer for a long long time. One of my colleagues got dental surgery done to replace her discoloured front teeth with even and gleaming white ones. She paid through her nose for this cosmetic procedure but the results seem to be worth the money and time. Today’s article talks about the repercussions of having bad teeth in a rich country – bad teeth can be a major indicator of poverty. Moreover, poor teeth have more disadvantages than just toothache.

(Link contributed by a reader)


History from a Smile’s point of view

Could the study of one facial expression give you glimpses of or better explain the history of a nation? Apparently yes! The preceding link tells us how poor or good dental hygiene would point to inequality of wealth. This review tells us about different types of smiles: how a stiff smile in the royal courts indicated superiority or a tight lipped smile was a part of bodily control required to navigate the tricky politics of the court. It also indicates when charming and tender smiles became fashionable or how dentists were rockstars then. Interestingly, it shows how smiles of a particular time were markers that indicated what the society was going through.