"This important book has significant implications not only for
historians but also for those interested in contemporary dental
health policy." -Heather Munro Prescott, Central Connecticut State
University "Picard describes how American dentists were involved in
various social movements during the 20th century. Their involvement
encompassed public health starting in the early part of the
century, efforts to fluoridate the nation's water supplies to
prevent tooth decay, social movements for racial and gender equity
at mid-century, and the promotion of cosmetic services at the end
of the century (a movement that continues today). It helps explain
the obsession in the U.S. with having perfect teeth and a gleaming
white smile. Recommended." -Choice "Good teeth signal social class
and intellectual achievement in America, as Alyssa Picard knows
well. In The Making of the American Mouth, she provides an engaging
history of the evolution of American dentistry, including the
profession's influence over our social norms and health policy.
It's a book that anyone keen to understand and improve our current
national state of oral health ought to read." -Health Affairs
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