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Author Picard, Alyssa.

Title Making the American Mouth : Dentists and Public Health in the Twentieth Century
Published Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (242 pages)
Series Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Critical issues in health and medicine.
Contents Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1: American Dental Hygiene: "Small Flags Attached to Toothbrushes May Be Waved"; Chapter 2: Diet and the Dental Critique of American Life: "We Boast of Our Civilization, But We Starve Our Children"; Chapter 3: "Like a Sugar-Coated Pill": Defining American Dentistry Abroad; Chapter 4: "This National Stupidity": American Dental Economics in the 1930s and 1940s; Chapter 5: Behind the Fluorine Curtain; Chapter 6: The "Satisfaction of Dentistry" and the End of Public Health; Chapter 7: The Look of the American Mouth; Epilogue; Notes
IndexAbout the Author
Summary Why are Americans so uniquely obsessed with teeth? Perfect white, straight teeth. Making the American Mouth is at once a history of U.S. dentistry and a study of a billion-dollar industry. Alyssa Picard chronicles the forces that limited Americans' access to dental care in the early twentieth century and addresses the ways dentists worked to expand that accessand improve the public image of their profession. Comprehensive in scope, Making the American Mouth describes how dentists' early public health commitments withered under the strain of fights over fluoride, midcentury social movements fo
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-216) and index
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Subject Dental public health -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Dentistry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
History of Dentistry.
History, 20th Century.
Public Health Dentistry -- history.
Social Identification.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813547113 (electronic bk.)
9780813547114 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ;) (alk. paper)
(hardcover ;) (alk. paper)