The Resource Teeth : the story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America, Mary Otto

Teeth : the story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America, Mary Otto

Label
Teeth : the story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America
Title
Teeth
Title remainder
the story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America
Statement of responsibility
Mary Otto
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Show me your teeth," the great naturalist Georges Cuvier is credited with saying, "and I will tell you who you are." In this shattering new work, veteran health journalist Mary Otto looks inside America's mouth, revealing unsettling truths about our unequal society. Teeth takes readers on a disturbing journey into America's silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, decreased social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health. Otto's subjects include the pioneering dentist who made Shirley Temple and Judy Garland's teeth sparkle on the silver screen and helped create the all-American image of "pearly whites"; Deamonte Driver, the young Maryland boy whose tragic death from an abscessed tooth sparked congressional hearings; and a marketing guru who offers advice to dentists on how to push new and expensive treatments and how to keep Medicaid patients at bay. In one of its most disturbing findings, Teeth reveal that toothaches are not an occasional inconvenience, but rather a chronic reality for millions of people, including disproportionate numbers of the elderly and people of color. Many people, Otto reveals, resort to prayer to counteract the uniquely devastating effects of dental pain. Otto also goes back in time to understand the roots of our predicament in the history of dentistry, showing how it became separated from mainstream medicine, despite a century of growing evidence that oral health and general bodily health are closely related. Muckraking and paradigm-shifting, Teeth exposes for the first time the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. It joins the small shelf of books that change the way we view society and ourselves - and will spark an urgent conversation about why our teeth matter. -- from dust jacket
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Otto, Mary
Index
index present
LC call number
RK58.5
LC item number
.O88 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WU 29 O89t 2017
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dental care
  • Dental care, Cost of
  • Dental hygiene
  • Dental economics
  • Dental care
  • Dental Care
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Tooth Diseases
  • Dental Care
  • Poverty
  • Health Policy
  • United States
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Dental care
  • Dental care, Cost of
  • Dental economics
  • Dental hygiene
  • Dental care
  • Dental care
Label
Teeth : the story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America, Mary Otto
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Bad Teeth: Beauty -- Suffering -- Emergencies -- The world beneath our noses -- Part II. Dental Art: The birth of American dentistry -- Separate lives -- Adventurers and auxiliaries -- The system -- Color lines -- Part III. A Sentinel Event: Deamonte's world -- Riding into the epidemic -- Sons and daughters of Chapin Harris
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 291 pages
Isbn
9781620971444
Lccn
2016041484
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026973882
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)958458166
  • (OCoLC)ocn958458166
Label
Teeth : the story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America, Mary Otto
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Bad Teeth: Beauty -- Suffering -- Emergencies -- The world beneath our noses -- Part II. Dental Art: The birth of American dentistry -- Separate lives -- Adventurers and auxiliaries -- The system -- Color lines -- Part III. A Sentinel Event: Deamonte's world -- Riding into the epidemic -- Sons and daughters of Chapin Harris
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 291 pages
Isbn
9781620971444
Lccn
2016041484
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026973882
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)958458166
  • (OCoLC)ocn958458166

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