Way back in 2011 (The Occupy Wall Street Era) the Chicago Dental Society surveyed more than 300 members to find out the strangest dental requests they’d ever received from patients. Less than three years later, No. 1 on the list “Can you give my dog braces?” becomes common practice.
“Misaligned teeth can poke into your pup’s cheek, gums or tongue, causing him great pain and, potentially, infection,” according to dogcare.dailypuppy.com.
For that reason and others, Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery Specialists LLC in Wisconsin, along with numerous practitioners across the U.S., offer orthodontics for dogs.
Dale Kressin DVM, FAVD, Dipl AVDC, on the website mypetsdentist.com, explains that ethical considerations; a pet’s temperament; owner expectations needs and time limitations all factor in to treatment plan @MyPetsDentist
At his practice, they use oral surgery, incline planes, other orthodontic appliances and braces to treat their patients safely.
Getting back to @ survey responses, there’s no denying some of the Top 10 still warrant an eye roll (see list below), but dog braces are here to stay.
As far as the rest of the 2011 “Strangest Dental Request” list, well, in the words of 1989 film “Say Anything” high school valedictorian Diane Court: “I have glimpsed our future and all I can say is go back!”
10) “Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia?”
9) “Please wire my mouth shut to aid in my diet.”
8) “Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar I work at?”
7) “I will pay you or your hygienist to floss my teeth at my office every day.”
6) “Pull all my teeth, and just give me dentures.”
5) “I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so that I can keep the diamond in it?”
4) “Will you give me local anesthesia in my lips? I’m going in for permanent “lipstick” tattoos on my lips, and would like to avoid the pain.”
3) “May I have an emergency cleaning visit? It’s my high school reunion and I need a bright, white smile to face my old boyfriend.”
2) “Can I keep the teeth you pull out of my mouth? I’d like to make a necklace out of them.”
CAPTION: Children’s author and illustrator Carolyn Mandache created short story The Bankrupt Tooth Fairy, shown above.
Global entities and blogging moms — all doing their part to keep tiny teeth intact.
Septodont, the world’s largest dental anesthetic manufacturer, has generously donated more than $138,000 in sealant and anesthesia reversal products to National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy® (NCOHF) to help save young smiles, according to a report by dentalaegis.com. The America’s ToothFairy Affiliate network consists of community-based, non-profit programs throughout North America dedicated to providing the best educational, preventive and treatment services for vulnerable children and families.
Another international effort: Glasgow-based children’s author and illustrator @ said a short story she created, The Bankrupt Tooth Fairy, aims to be fun and entertaining, “whilst at the same time encouraging children to look after their teeth.” Her humorous tone evolves from her four young children, “three of whom are rapidly losing their baby teeth…an expensive business for parents.”
Read more about Septodont’s donation here: http://www.dentalaegis.com/news.php?id=15451
Get a glimpse of Carolyn Mandache’s creativity here: http://carolynmandache.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-bankrupt-tooth-fairy.html
CAPTION: Benco Dental Managing Partner Chuck Cohen presents the CenterPoint Design team’s “peaceful demonstration” for the United Way Food Drive.
In Northeast Pennsylvania, for the past 23 years, the Workplace Council (through the United Way of Wyoming Valley) has organized a Christmas in July Food Drive in order to restock local food pantries. This project is scheduled at a crucial time of the year when many pantries find their shelves empty and in need of supplies.
The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank who distributes the food donations to charitable organizations feeding the needy in the region. Some of these charities include food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, group homes for the disabled, day care centers, children’s camps and senior citizen programs.
Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, annually supports the cause, and this year, thanks to an associate suggestion through the organization’s Idea Bank, a a contest is underway to generate additional donations. Contest winners will be determined by a calculation of pounds (overall pounds of food per person on the team) and monetary donations (every dollar raised counts as 2 lbs. of food).
A “Wanted” portrait of the tooth-snatching mouse known throughout Latin America as Ratoncito Perez; an early 19th century tooth key used for pulling teeth, a puppet from the early 1930s; tiny porcelain teeth and a drawer of coins, shells, and other substances used as money — the makings of a curious collection.
To the folks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, these artifacts provide actual evidence that the Tooth Fairy used the Smithsonian as her secret drop location, at least as part of an imaginative video inspired by Katherine Ott, Curator in the Division of Medicine and Science there.
“The material past holds countless surprises and mysteries to be solved—the next generation of history lovers, historians, and museum goers may well become hooked on the past through the museum’s mockumentary on the Tooth Fairy mystery,” Ott writes in her museum blog.
With the help of student film-maker Angeli Gabriel from American University and Ott’s museum colleagues who agreed to dead-pan for the camera, “The Tooth Fairy File” became a reality.
Ott invites those with youngsters in their life (pediatric dentists, this means you) to inspire them, using the video, to start their journey through time with a museum visit.
A smattering of dental artifacts featured at the museum is also available for view at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmuseumofamericanhistory/sets/72157632634972298/