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Permanent link  CDS dentists talk about how the economy is affecting their practices

02/28/2009

Check out Medill Reports for interviews with Chicago Dental Society members about how their practices are weathering the tough economic times. Medill reporter Tom Elliott also analyzes just how much the tooth fairy should be paying for each tooth.

Photo caption: Dr. Mary Hayes at work
Photo credit: Tom Elliott/Medill Reports

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Permanent link  Bye bye for now...

02/27/2009

We're taking off soon - but thanks for following our adventures at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting today. Be sure to comment and let us know what you think of our posts! We'll put up a wrap up video with additional scenes from McCormick Place in coming days.

If you'd like to contribute to Open Wide, please email kkramer at cds [dot] org.

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Permanent link  Dr. Boghosian on a device to stop snoring

02/27/2009

Dentists can help patients with more than cavities and bleeding gums. Here's Dr. Alice Boghosian telling us about a product she uses herself--a Tap 3 anti-snoring device from Glidewell Laboratories. It uses an adjustable plastic mold to help the patient stop snoring:



What do you help patients with besides tooth care?

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This is a great device that would benefit a lot of people suffering from snoring.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bcdentalcare.ca" rel="nofollow">Dental Thornhill</a>

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Permanent link  Touring the exhibit floor with Dr. Cissy Furusho

02/27/2009

Dr. Cissy Furusho, who was featured on ABC 7 yesterday morning, let us tag along as she hit the exhibit floor to check out some new products and companies for her pediatric practice. Here she reviews toothbrushes in a catalog with a rep from Procter & Gamble.


Finding old friends and new at the Harry J. Bosworth Company - Dr. Furusho also really liked the flavored topical anesthetics.

 


 
 


And finally, Dr. Furusho reviews a possible new payment option for her patients from CareCredit Healthcare Finance.



 

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Permanent link  In 2010, Brazil is the place to be

02/27/2009

Everaldo Alves Nazereth Junior and his colleagues told us about the Sao Paulo International Dental Meeting, which is in January 2010. They exhibit products and technology and educate dentists from across Latin America.

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Permanent link  Even more images from Midwinter Meeting

02/27/2009

Folks tooling around McCormick Place:

Where to find one of the hundreds of courses to take at Midwinter:

People speaking up at survey stations:

Todd Johnson and his friend are here at Midwinter to tell people about preventative care products from Denticator:

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Permanent link  More images from Midwinter Meeting

02/27/2009

Check out the action:

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Permanent link  Dr. Barbara Mousel on Midwinter Meeting

02/27/2009

Here's video of Dr. Barbara Mousel, Chair of the CDS Foundation, talking about why everyone should attend Midwinter Meeting. Dr. Mousel is attending her fortieth meeting:

 

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Permanent link  New dental blog friends

02/27/2009


We're blogging from the press room, where we've made friends with Kathy Kincade and Laird Harrison of Dr.Bicuspid, a dental news website. You should check them out - here's a story they posted today from Midwinter.

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Permanent link  Kids learn about tooth care on Toothfairy Island

02/27/2009


Jan Nelson showed us how her company Toothfairy Island gets kids excited about taking care of their teeth. Characters like The Toothfairy, Suds, Bubbles, and Professor Seemore Science also help out through stories and games. Here's a demonstration:

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Permanent link  Images from Midwinter Meeting

02/27/2009

Some colorful toothbrushes at the Tess booth:


Here's Anthony Verdi showing off the latest Pro-Vision safety glasses:


Behind-the-scenes:


Check it out - fudge at a dentistry meeting. Sometimes even dentists need a sugar break:

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Permanent link  CDS Foundation gives back

02/27/2009


Checked out the CDS Foundation, the philanthropic and charitable arm of the Chicago Dental Society. The Foundation was established in 2007 to help provide support dental education and access to care programs. Dentists and organizations who want to help out can contact the foundation.

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Permanent link  Product News: PediaGels "Fantastic Fluoride"

02/27/2009

Got some news about PediaGel, a fluoride product for kids. It's a gel containing 1.23% APF and 2.0% NSF that you squirt into a squirmy kid's mouth. The brochure says "our way cool, easy-to-handle, ergo-cap packaging makes one-handed tray delivery a snap." Flavors include "Way Cool Spearmint," Goofy Grape," Orange Vanilla," and "Super Strawberry."


Have you used a product like this? Do you think it can help deliver fluoride treatments to cranky little patients?

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Permanent link  Product News: Giggletime Toy Company

02/27/2009


We checked out one of the most colorful displays on the exhibit floor, belonging to Jerry Rousek and Giggletime Toy Company.


Giggletime sells thousands of toys and treats to young dental patients. From "tooth keepers" to whistles and play money - Mr. Rousek tells us they have something for everyone.

Check out some of their goodies:




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Permanent link  CDS Friends

02/27/2009


We hung out with Doctors Kim Bolden, Mary Hayes, and Melanie Watson-Montgomery. These members of the Chicago Dental Society's Communications Committee have been to dental conventions across the country and have a collection of pins and memorabilia from each. They treasure the friendships and camaraderie they've found through CDS.

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Permanent link  Product news: Crest/Oral Bs Pro Health Regiment

02/27/2009


We just talked to folks from Crest/Oral-B, who are introducing a new oral hygiene regiment that's promised to significantly reduce plaque. In fact, patients can awaken with up to 61% less plaque. Here's how it works:

  1. The Oral-B Triumph Toothbrush uses oscillating-rotating technology to remove plaque. A smart guide helps patients clock how long they should brush.
  2. Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste uses fluoride that weakens plaque in between brushings.
  3. Crest Pro-Health Rinse kills 99% of plaque causing germs and protects against plaque buildup for 12 hours.
For patients who need a specific, yet easy routine, check out Crest Pro-Health.

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Permanent link  Stay tuned for news, pics, and video from CDS Midwinter Meeting

02/27/2009


Hi! We're here in the blogotarium deep in the center of Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting 2009. Dentists and other dental professionals from all over the world are checking in, coffeeing up, and acquiring knowledge as we speak. It's all very exciting. Stay tuned here for photos, interviews and video about the latest products and developments at Midwinter.

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Permanent link  Your new favorite typeface

02/26/2009

Hey everybody, it's your new favorite typeface- Heldentica:Check out photos of the font's creation here. If you want Heldentica to use in your documents or website, you can download it here.

(via swiss-miss.com)

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Permanent link  CDS on ABC 7 Chicagos morning show

02/26/2009

CDS spokesperson Dr. Cissy Furusho and mascot Flossie stop by ABC 7 on Thursday morning to talk about the Midwinter Meeting and present meteorologist Tracy Butler with the 2009 Best Smile Award.

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Permanent link  CDS High School Journalism Winners Announced

02/26/2009

In a country where 99.7 percent of Americans, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, think a good smile is important for social reasons, it's important to have a beautiful smile.

This is why the Chicago Dental Society asked local high school students to write about "Nonverbal communication:What does your smile say?" for the 2009 High School Journalism Contest.

Organized by the Communications Committee, the High School Journalism Contest annually asks students to think about some facet of their oral health habits. Participants are required to consult at least one dentist and write an article for publication in their school's newspaper.

This year, students looked at how smiles affect their daily lives and what different smiles convey to others. They were asked to investigate how a smile can communicate verbal meaning, health and even status.

And how can oral health improve a sense of well-being? First prize went to Rolling Meadows High School senior Jessica Loveless for her article, "We love to see you smile." It was published in her school newspaper, The Pacer, Oct. 17. Ms. Loveless's article discusses the four different types of personalities that smiles can have. She further investigates how these different types of smiles can affect your self-esteem. In recognition of the student's achievement, CDS gave the Rolling Meadows High School journalism department $1,000.

Second prize went to senior Luke Siuty at Reavis High School in Burbank. Mr. Suity's article "Smiles increase your face value" was published in the December 2008 issue of The Blueprint. Reavis High School's journalism department received $500.

Third prize went to senior Jo Anna Helm, junior Elise Sonnenberg and sophomore Charlie Stanton of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Their article, "What does your smilesay about you?" was published in The Beacon Nov. 19. Their high school's journalism department received $250.

Each of the students also received certificates and gifts in recognition of their accomplishments of promoting good oral health in their high school newspapers.

Photo caption: Jessica Loveless
Credit: John McNulty Photography

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Permanent link  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Visits the UIC College of Dentistry for Give Kids a Smile Day

02/26/2009


From UIC's press office: Gov. Quinn has been a frequent visitor to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry since the first Give Kids a Smile Day in 2003, but his foray on Feb. 5 was a bit different-it was his first trip to the College as Governor.

Photo: Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn visited with youngsters from Chicago's St. Malachy's School and dental hygiene student Vanessa Rojas, dressed as the Tooth Fairy, at Give Kids a Smile Day at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.



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Permanent link  Catch us on ABC 7 tomorrow morning!

02/25/2009

Tune into ABC 7 News This Morning on Thursday to catch CDS spokesperson and pediatric dentist Dr. Cissy Furusho present Tracy Butler with the 2009 Best Smile Award, as voted by our members in our annual fall survey.
Illustration credit: Meg Bartholmy/Olliegraphic.

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Permanent link  The dark side of Yelp

02/24/2009

In our survey of CDS members last fall, twenty percent of you said you were familiar with online review sites like Yelp.

While dentistry may be slowly warming up to how consumer review sites can drive patients to (or from) a practice, some business owners are now claiming that Yelp manipulates its ratings system to entice businesses to advertise.

The East Bay Express article by Kathleen Richards contains some disturbing complaints about the company:

During interviews with dozens of business owners over a span of several months, six people told this newspaper that Yelp sales representatives promised to move or remove negative reviews if their business would advertise. In another six instances, positive reviews disappeared - or negative ones appeared - after owners declined to advertise.

Because they were often asked to advertise soon after receiving negative reviews, many of these business owners believe Yelp employees use such reviews as sales leads. Several...even suspect Yelp employees of writing them. Indeed, Yelp does pay some employees to write reviews of businesses that are solicited for advertising. And in at least one documented instance, a business owner who refused to advertise subsequently received a negative review from a Yelp employee.
The article has invited a flurry of news attention to the company, with rumors even of a Time magazine article in the works. Whether Yelp can outlast the controversy with any credibility remains to be seen. But this is definitely a development any business owner should pay attention to.

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From a standpoint of any kind of healthcare, the comments on sites such as yelp are quite likely to be pretty subjective. And yes, there are going to be a lot more of the negative than positive. As a consumer, I don't put much stock into such information anyway.

Posted by: J Dulemba (noreply@blogger.com) on 05/16/2011

We are having some of the same problems with yellowpages.com at the St Louis calling center.They are using some pretty aggressive tactics. <BR/>The local reps are OK.

Posted by: Anonymous (noreply@blogger.com) on 05/16/2011

Interesting article. Yelp! is a blessing and a curse. My take on review sites as they relate to health care is that people are more likely to post complaints than praise. The "no news is good news" philosophy. While I was not aware of the issue of Yelp! employees posting reviews or strong arming clients to advertising, I have had a recent issue with Yelp! I would like to share.<BR/><BR/>I had a patient post my only negative post based on an experience that was over dramatized and factually incorrect on the post. The patient no longer lives in the area and; therefore, is no longer my patient. Despite that, this person recently left a follow up post 2+ years later suggesting that any subsequent positive reviews were planted/coerced/illegitimate. I sent a note to Yelp and was actually able to have this follow up post removed on the grounds of harassment. Kudos to Yelp!, boo to factually incorrect/over dramatized negative reviews.<BR/><BR/>On a side note, I recently attempted to advertise on CitySearch. I had serious reservations because they also draw revenue from banner ads. These banner ads are not search optimized so that someone searching for a dentist will be pushed an ad for alcohol. Not a great association for a health care provider. My rep was convincing though. After starting the ad campaign, I was sent numerous emails form my rep encouraging me to have family and staff post reviews in order to generate traffic. That felt dishonest to me. So apparently the monthly fee was not paying for much since I had to do the leg work to generate reviews. I requested canceling the campaign and it was finally taken down after billing me for 2 more months allegedly based on the fact that my request was between billing cycles. So IMHO, avoid CitySearch. Stick with the free review sites if any. Same effort required at no cost.

Posted by: fidelio (noreply@blogger.com) on 05/16/2011

Permanent link  Survey: Dentistry in These Economic Times

02/24/2009


The economic crisis is affecting every industry, dentistry included. More than 60 percent of dentists surveyed in the CDS survey of dentists report that their patients are putting off cosmetic procedures. More than half say their patients are putting off needed dental work. Visits for preventative dental care are also on the decline according to more than 40 percent of dentists.

In a survey of over 300 Chicagoans, 22% say someone in their family has dental needs now but are putting off treatment because they can't afford it.

How has your practice been affected? What's your plan for weathering the storm?

(image via J'antiques)

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Thanks for bringing up this kind of issue,the economic crisis is a affecting every industry included dentistry. Just keep up the good work.<br /><br />by: florence

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Permanent link  Top five annoying dental patient behaviors

02/23/2009

The Chicago Dental Society's annual survey asked dentists about annoying patients and the wacko stuff they do in the chair. Here are the top five:

5) Making out. Apparently some folks like to test their fluoride treatment and teeth cleaning right away on their boo. Gross.

4) Playing video games. Ever get knocked upside the head during an exam because a patient needs to beat one more level of Tetris?

3) Reading a book or magazine while the dentist is trying to perform an exam. Do you have patients who are just too riveted about what's going on with Brad and Angelina to put that magazine down for a checkup?

2) Grooming. Some dentists reported patients using that light above the dental chair to help touch up makeup or even give the eyebrows a pluck.

And the most annoying thing patients do while in the dentists' chair?

Answering their cell phone!

What patient behaviors annoy you?

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Permanent link  Perception vs Reality: Just how much is the economy hurting dentistry?

02/19/2009

Despite what many of you told us last in a survey last fall of how the economy was affecting your practice, Time magazine today published " Dentists: Smiling in the Face of a Recession."

According to Sageworks, a research company that tracks the private sector, dental margins rose 1.7% between 2007 and 2008. Time reporter Sean Gregory suggests:

Dentists note that patients who receive no or limited insurance tend to skip cleanings and other dental maintenance during tough times as they look to save a few bucks. But dentists pick up even more revenue later on. Patients who've skipped check-ups now have achy teeth, and have no choice but to undergo a more expensive procedure.
And the economic gloom weighing on most of us? Some say there is an upside for dentists:
[I]nsured patients want to hit the chair while they're still lucky enough to have the insurance. "We're seeing that a lot of folks are fearful of losing their jobs," says Rick Willeford, founder and president of the Academy of Dental CPAs, whose members provide accounting and tax prep work for some 7,000 dentists across the country. "So they want to use their benefits. That has helped keep revenues strong."
But according to anecdotal reports in Robert Mitchum's Feb. 12th article in the Chicago Tribune, dentists say the demand for paid dental services have made steep decline, resulting in staff layoffs, and shifting the need for care to the already overburdened public health dental clinics. The wait for appointments at one clinic has grown to five months.

There does, though, seem to be one unexpected bright spot: the surprising resilience of cosmetic dentistry. The Time article finds it in the success of Snap-On Smiles. Our own survey of metro Chicagoans earlier this month found that nearly the same number of respondents (14%) said they planned to undergo cosmetic dental treatment in 2009 as those that said they underwent a cosmetic dental procedure in 2008 (12%).

Of course, more than half of you told us patients were delaying or canceling plans for cosmetic procedures.

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Permanent link  Going to the dentist can save your marriage

02/19/2009

Click for bigger so you can read the gripping tale.

(viaKitchen Retro)

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Permanent link  Survey: 20% of dentists using social media tools

02/16/2009


In this fall's 2008 survey, The Chicago Dental Society asked dentists a couple questions about how they use the internet and social media. The society found out that 11% of dentists surveyed said they occasionally scan "review" websites such as Yelp and Angie's List to find out what patients say about their practice. 20% of dentists surveyed used online networking sites, with Facebook as their top choice (15%). Other popular sites were LinkedIn (7%) and MySpace (4%).

What about you? Do you check out your ratings on Yelp or "friend" your patients on Facebook?

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Permanent link  Dentist as Rock Star

02/16/2009

Just in from one of our members--the Madow Group's parody of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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Permanent link  How many angels can dance on the head of...

02/11/2009

Oh, nevermind.
View the full image by artist Thomas Keeley.

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Permanent link  Illinois taxes something to smile about

02/11/2009

New for 2008, you'll find the Healthy Smiles Fund on Line J, Schedule G, of Illinois State taxes.
Donations collected will be used to ensure that the school-based dental care meets the standards of care.

For this check-off to continue in 2009, the fund will have to acquire at least $100,000 in donations.

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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting Going Green

02/11/2009


The Midwinter Meeting is going green in 2009. What does this mean for you? Make sure to print out handouts for courses in advance of the meeting as there will be no handouts available on site.

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Interesting comment. I guess I don't agree that because this is cost-effective, it can't also be environmentally responsible.<BR/><BR/>In truth, probably every conference I've gone to in the last year or so has moved to posting presentation notes online rather than handing them out. I personally prefer it because I'd rather have an electronic file that can be saved to my computer (and thus indexed and easily searchable) than drag home a ream of paper to file in my office after a conference.

Posted by: Keri Kramer (noreply@blogger.com) on 05/16/2011

The idea of this being "green" as opposed to a chance to cut costs is pretty laughable.<BR/><BR/>You're not alone in doing it, so I can't fault just you.

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Permanent link  Bristlebot

02/11/2009

A few years ago, CDS published a list of household uses for dental products. Little did we know...



I'm having a hard time seeing the purpose beyond "cat toy," but if you have some ideas, let me know!

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This is not exactly a use for a used toothbrush but fairly funny. When we moved into our home,the powder room toilet never worked too well.<BR/>We had plumbers (more than once) over to rectify the poor "flush quality". Eight years later, we remodeled and replaced the toilet, and guess what we found?? Yep, a toothbrush! It had lodged in the body<BR/>of the toilet. You know what they say.....crap happens!!

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Permanent link  Getting the most of the Midwinter Meeting

02/11/2009


Recently a reporter asked for dentist-to-dentist tips for getting the most of the Midwinter Meeting. Among the responses I received was this list from Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, a CDS board member and general dentist in Skokie, who has come up with a highly organized plan of attack for hitting the exhibit floor and networking at the meeting.

Exhibit floor
  1. Organize your flyers/contest entries/special offer sheets in order by booth number; tote to meeting in large envelope with booth numbers and exhibitor names listed on outside.
  2. Bring a bunch of address labels to meeting - tuck into your badge holder for speedy access to use on order forms, etc.
  3. Business cards--obvious, but easily forgotten.
  4. "Team up" with a buddy--especially a good strategy on major purchases, or if one of you is a "tire kicker" and the other is a serious buyer. A very efficient use of everyone's time, and you'll learn more than you would working the floor alone.
  5. Be discriminating about samples and literature. Remember, you'll have to carry that stuff home and file (or toss) it once you get back to the office!

On the lecture side
  1. Get there early! Everything will take longer than you planned--traffic, parking, getting a Starbucks coffee, finding your lecture room.
  2. Print the handouts ahead of time! Print two sets--trade one for a coffee or just be a buddy to a stranger, make a new friend at the meeting!
  3. No ticket for a "free" course that's "sold out"? Show up early enough and you're likely to get the seat of a ticket holder who didn't read #1 above!

What are you best strategies for getting the most of the Midwinter Meeting?

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Permanent link  Walking the fine line between friendly and intrusive with your patients

02/11/2009

I belong to a Chicago parents group, and recently one of my fellow members posted this complaint:

I just returned from a visit to the dentist office, where the front desk staff and hygienist peppered me with personal questions, mostly relating to my pregnancy. They also call me by my first name while calling the dentist Dr. So-and-so. These people are strangers to me, and I don't want to answer their questions about my pregnancy....Perhaps other people view this as "warm and friendly" but it feels intrusive to me, and they don't seem to take subtle hints like vague answers.
I thought her post raised some interesting issues. I know for many dental phobia is real problem, and a little extra sunniness and hand-holding goes a long way in alleviating their concerns. But what about the patient who is more reserved? Do you encourage your staff to "read" the patient and tailor their demeanor accordingly? What is your response to a patient who prefers being treated more formally?

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Permanent link  When did teeth become super kawaii?

02/11/2009


Toothsome is a light-hearted look at dental-related odds-and-ends captured on the Web.

Hedgehogs, I get. Owls, matroyshka, sure. But now teeth are super cute?

A quick search of Etsy turns up dozens upon dozen of cutesy-poo tooth-related characters, from rings to throw pillows.

But it doesn't end with that site. Happy teeth are everywhere. (In the case of some of the odder items, I can't help but think of the huckster Painless Parker and his necklace of teeth.)

Where did all these cartoon teeth come from and why? Perhaps there's a paper in it for some enterprising sociology student.

Image from Flickr's abductos.

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