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Dressed to the Teeth

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Dmitri Gheorgheni

For some reason, I've been thinking today about...dentures. (If you don't know why that is, you haven't been on Twitter.) I can't remember when I first learned that humans could have wearable false teeth.

My mother told me about my first encounter with dentures, on this wise:

My sister and I were preschoolers. One fine day, we rode over to my grandmother Babe's house, as we did almost every day. As usual, we scrambled up her back steps, opened the never-locked door, and burst into the tiny house, full of fun things to know and tell. We found Babe standing before her bathroom sink, with the door open. She was brushing her teeth.

Said teeth were in her hand, not her mouth.

According to my mom, Babe was mortified. She thought she'd just traumatised two infants. Not to worry, my mom assured her later. The sole topic of conversation on the ride home was how only our beloved Babe could think of something so utterly cool as to have *removable* teeth. And where could we obtain this practical item?

My other grandmother had false teeth, too. We knew this because, a few years later, she removed hers at the breakfast table, placing them decorously on a napkin. My mother tried to pretend she hadn't seen this.

My grandfather gave the game away. 'Murry-Emma!' he bellowed. 'Put yore teeth back in! We have comp'ny!'

My grandmother shouted back, 'I cain't! Them mail-order teeth don't fit right! I'm sendin' 'em back!'

I hasten to add that my grandparents were not belligerent people: they were just very hard of hearing. We giggled until we almost feel off our piano-bench perches at the farm's giant dining table. Once again: only our grandparents could be so...original.

My mom's oldest brother didn't have any teeth at all when he was older. A stoic who did not believe in dentists, he simply let them all fall out. He lived happily ever after with toughened gums. I come of hardy, but peculiar, stock.

In the early 1960s, there were a lot of TV adverts for denture adhesive. Attractive older actors touted their cream of choice. People in the US are aware of the brand names, even if they don't use the product. Which will explain the jokes you're seeing on Twitter about Mr Trump needing some Poligrip.

I still have most of my teeth, thanks to the best dentist in North America. He practices from a historic house he owns on the hilly main street of a tiny town on the Allegheny River a couple of miles from the Hoggett farm. My sister's known him for 40 years. The Doc is determined to keep my teeth in my mouth with spit and bailing wire. They're crooked, they're uneven, and they are textbook demonstrations of the joys of the Appalachian overbite. But they work.

I'm glad: I'm not a gazillionaire with huge resources who can afford the very best artificial teeth. And I can say 'United States' with them.

Historical note: Mr Trump is not the first denture-wearing president. That would be George Washington. And no, his teeth weren't wooden. He had a set made of hippopotamus ivory, and some human teeth, too. (See the great Guide Entry on Waterloo Teeth: A5103271)

smiley - dragon


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Post 2

Vip

I remember my Nan taking out hers to show me as a child (she had one denture for one of her front teeth, and possibly others but that's the one I remember). I believe she exactly followed the saying "Gain a child, lose a tooth."

smiley - fairy


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Post 3

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - biggrin I never heard that before - cool saying!


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Pierce The Pirate ~ in Hotblack Desiato mode ~

How disappointing. I thought this was 2legs' thread smiley - winkeye

smiley - pirate


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Post 5

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - snork Sorry to be a let-down, Pierce.


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Pierce The Pirate ~ in Hotblack Desiato mode ~

No problem, Dmitri. I read your postings with great interest also smiley - ok

smiley - pirate


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Post 7

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

I have missed the gossip about Donald Trump's dentures (I'm not sorry).

I am always interested in your journals though - has said gossip been on Trevor Noah's show? I am playing catch-up at the moment due to now having a deadline on clearing Mum's house. There's probably 4 shows stored on my Tivo box.


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Post 8

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - hug Good luck with that house-clearing.

Absolutely, Trevor Noah was giggling helplessly about the dentures. He's so cute when he does that...Trevor Noah's the funny neighbour's kid you always like having around. smiley - winkeye


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Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Thank you, but we're going great guns. I reckon 90% cleared now. If only those pesky grandchildren would come by and collect all they've asked for... smiley - facepalm

Yes, Trevor has the same effect on me. I hope to catch up soon!smiley - boing


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