Chchchchanges. Some musicians say yes to new teeth. Others, not so much.

Reproduction of David Bowie's natural teeth by artist Jessine Hein. (photo courtesy Jessine Hein)

By Alison Majikes/Special to

The artist who in the past created a tooth pendant and the sculpture “Tooth Nuckles” recently received notoriety for a replica of one musical icon’s imperfect smile.

Recently interviewed by, artist Jessine Hein, a German painter and sculptor, made a reproduction of singer

Artist Jessine Hein wearing a tooth mask. (Courtesy Jessine Hein)

Artist Jessine Hein wearing a tooth mask. (Courtesy Jessine Hein)

David Bowie’s natural teeth.

Bowie underwent cosmetic dental treatment in the early 1990s, and the artist said she was “nostalgically longing back to Bowie’s old teeth”.

The famous rocker, who got a new set of pearly whites over 20 years ago, isn’t the first artist to upgrade his teeth for the sake of appearance.

According to an article on Buzzfeed, when Bowie underwent his procedure, he joined the ranks of many other artists who did the same, like Celine Dion, Leann Rimes, Miley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani (who famously sported braces back in early years of her No Doubt fame).

But not every artist will willingly change their teeth to please others.

Freddie Mercury, the late frontman of “Queen”, famously never changed the appearance of his teeth for the fear that it would alter the unique sound of his voice.

In an article on in 2010, Rudi Dolezal, the director of the film Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story said, “”We all know that Freddie Mercury had very strange teeth and we would all ask ourselves, ‘A guy who was that rich, why didn’t he change his teeth?’ He was very afraid that if he changed his teeth that his particular sound of [his voice] would go away. So he was more concerned with his voice than his looks, and I think that says a lot about the man.”

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1800s Britain: Was the dentist also your blacksmith? Yeah, baby.

Despite his poor oral hygiene, Mike Myers as Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, never lacked a date.

Proper dentists didn’t exist across the pond until the 1800s. Prior, the care of Britains’s mouths was in the hands of blacksmiths and barbers who doubled as surgeons.

Want all the grisly details?

Historian Professor Joanna Bourke presents a new documentary on the history of dentistry in Britain: Drills, Dentures and Dentistry: An Oral History, BBC Four, March 30.

You may be familiar with the inventor of the first toothbrush (William Addis, in 1780,) but were you aware that in the 1600s it was believed that a toothache was caused by a worm burrowing in the jaw?

Or that in 1771 John Hunter, a failed doctor who devised names for teeth that are still used today, proposed transplanting teeth from the living and the dead? The craze became such that in 1815 when 50,000 men died at the Battle of Waterloo, even the toothless middle classes could afford teeth, according to

Writer, historian and author of the BBC’s ‘Eyewitness’ audiobooks, Professor Joanna Bourke, investigates dentistry’s revolution over the past five centuries. (Photo courtesy

Before today’s minty fresh mouth cleansers, abrasives such as ground-up oyster shells were placed on the finger and rubbed into teeth. Since this technique scraped away the enamel, exposing the nerves, it didn’t last long.

Time marched on, as did modern dentistry, but in the early 20th century, oral health treatment was still so expensive that some opted to have all their teeth pulled to spare themselves a lifetime of pain.

In her interview with, Professor Bourke says: “Having all your teeth removed was considered the perfect gift for a 21st birthday or a newly married bride.” Porridge, anyone?

If this taste of British history leaves you wanting a full serving, tune in March 30.


Implant manufacturer to customers: ‘So, what’s holding you up?’

“We’re hanging a CEO by the ceiling.”

Jeff Gerber, Creative Director of the commercial, “Become an #OriginalStraumann,” described the intensity found on the set, prior to a stunt completed by the Straumann CEO.

In the video, Marco Gadola is suspended upside down from just four Straumann dental implants, which is used to demonstrate the performance of Straumann’s dental implant system. Gadola decided to do this commercial because he wanted to share his 100% confidence in the precision and reliability of the implant system with his customers. He wanted to show this not only through his words, but also his actions.

Four implants and abutments — each smaller than a matchstick — normally create a channel of connection between a crown (tooth replacement) and a dental patient’s jawbone. But it’s not often that a company leader goes to such extreme measures to present the value proposition of his product.

The commercial clip is the cornerstone of an awareness campaign to underline the importance of original Straumann prosthetic components for long-term implant treatment.

“Our ultimate goal at Straumann is to instill complete confidence – in our products, our services and our people,” said Gadola.

St. Patrick’s Day brings some green for dentists

According to an article by, data provided to CNBC by Sikka Software showed that emergency visits to the dentist spike by 64 percent across the nation after March 17.

It’s no myth that people love having a few pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s day.

It’s even rumored that some of these people may be inebriated after a few too many beers.

But if someone, somewhere, in a local bar gets drunk to the point that a fist fight breaks out it’s safe to say they might be making a trip to the dentist after they sober up the next day.

According to an article by, data provided to CNBC by Sikka Software showed that emergency visits to the dentist spike by 64 percent across the nation after March 17.

The information is based on the average number of dental visits on March 18 versus one full month average. Surprisingly, the states with the highest averages of dental visits aren’t the ones with the highest concentration of Irish decedents.

Sikka Software has tools implemented in over 10,000 dental practices across the country, so as result, it knows when, where and why someone visited the dentist on any given day.

In 2015, every state saw an increase in dental visits on March 18, with the exception of Vermont, whose residents apparently stay pretty calm on the feast of St. Patrick.

The group of states that led the pack in visits demonstrate no apparent links. Nonetheless, the state with the largest increase in 2015 was Delaware, where only 11.4 percent of residents are Irish. In contrast, 17 percent of Vermont’s population is Irish.

Sikkas data shows that March 18 is always one of the busiest days of the year for a dental practice.

Company founder Vijay Sikka says there is “absolutely” money to be made on this trend, and suggests a smart business practice for this week.

“We can see dentists offering a St. Patrick’s Day emergency appointments special.”

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Proof that dentistry may offer the most flexibility of any career.

Dentist Dr. Meghan and MLB left-handed reliever Tommy Layne as shown on their personal wedding website.

A “traveling dentist.”

That is the answer to the riddle: “Who is the perfect spouse for a Major League Baseball player?”

Tommy Layne (an aspiring baseball star) met his wife Meghan Wagstaff (an aspiring dentist) while she was on a date with someone else. Even though they both shared an attraction, they parted ways in order to accomplish their dreams.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, it would seem. After reconnecting via Facebook and dating for six years, they married.

Layne is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Meghan is a practicing dentist licensed in four states to allow them to spend time together, according to a Boston Globe story. Both have demanding careers and know how to make their marriage work.

Meghan, 29, earned her license in Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, and Massachusetts where she fills in for dentists on maternity leave or vacation, or for corporate offices in need of help. Full-time positions have been offered but that will come later in her career.

“It keeps my mind busy and, honestly, for both of us our emphasis isn’t solely on baseball,” Meghan added. “I’m supportive of him and he has been supportive of me. Some of my career has been on hold but it won’t always be like that.”

“At the end of the day, I get home and she has her own thing going on. She’s not asking what happened in the game. I can check out from the field and enjoy some family time. It’s great,” Layne told the newspaper. “She’s like a traveling dentist.”

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