Ex_Mil8 saidBritain’s teeth aren’t that bad - but what do you know of their rotten history?
Our dentistry has long been a target for American wits. But at least we never had a leader with only one of his own teeth left
On a related topic, I've been struck by the changes in US dental health in my lifetime. It was once quite common, almost a given, for middle-aged people to have dentures of some sort. My grandmothers did, my mother and father did, and all by their 50s. Some of the biggest TV advertisers in the 1950s were makers of products to clean dentures, and adhesives to hold them in place (Polident and Poligrip, for example).
Nowadays you see very few of these ads. It's because the demand for them has greatly declined - fewer people are wearing dentures. I myself still have all my teeth at 66, despite my family history. And I know very few people my age who have dentures, and most of those due to injury, not decay.
I attribute this to better dental cleaning products, fluoridated water, improvements in dentistry, and general overall better health. I probably should have lost a few molars, due to decay, but they were capped, not pulled, using techniques that weren't common 50 or 60 years ago.
As for the Brits, yes, bad dental hygiene is a popular image. Watch an "Austin Powers" movie comedy by Canadian Mike Myers. Whether that's exaggerated or not I can't determine. But maybe that image comes from the same earlier generations when my own US family members all lost teeth and wore dentures, and for the same reasons.