Oral health is integral to wellbeing and quality of life. This important edited volume brings together leading scholars to address global oral health and the multiple ways in which theory, practice and discourse have shaped it in the modern period.
Structured around key themes, the book chapters draw on interdisciplinary perspectives in order to consider the role of the dental profession, the commercial sector, charities, the state, the media and patients in shaping oral health in the past and present. Collectively, the chapters consider the extent to which each of the studied groups and actors have sought to own and control the mouth. By adopting multiple perspectives, the book highlights the importance of cross-disciplinary work across the sciences, social sciences and humanities and provides a road map for a new interdisciplinary field focused on oral health and society.
Drawing on perspectives from dentistry, sociology, history and the wider humanities, this book will interest students and researchers of dentistry, public health, sociology of health and illness, the medical humanities and history.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Oral health: an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach?
Claire L. Jones and Barry J. Gibson
Part I: Professionalism, ethics and inequalities
Chapter 2. Do dentists’ views on professionalism include moral inclusiveness?
Bonnie Yu, Abdulrahman Ghoneim, Herenia P. Lawrence, Michael Glogauer and Carlos Quiñonez
Chapter 3. Designing healthy smiles
Chapter 4. Feminism, pipelines and gender myths: interrogating gender equality and inclusion in dentistry
Part II: Cultural representations of the mouth and teeth
Chapter 5. Toothy tales:dentures in the writings of H. Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling
Chapter 6. Metaphors in the mouth: on dental fitness and iatronormativity
Chapter 7. ‘DO AS YOUR DENTIST TELLS YOU’: mouthwash advertising in interwar America
Alexander C. L. Holden
Chapter 8. Science, beauty and health: the explosion of toothpaste advertising in interwar America
Part III: The patient’s perspective
Chapter 9. Tommy’s teeth: trench mouth, dentures and dental health among British army recruits in World War One
Chapter 10. The mouth as the gateway to the leaky body: the visibility of internal bleeding in the mouths of people with haemophilia
Alison Dougall, Blánaid Daly and Sasha Scambler
Chapter 11. ‘Having work done’: the teeth, mouth and oral health as a body project
Barry J. Gibson, Jennifer Kettle and Lorna Warren
Part IV: State, surveillance and social justice
Chapter 12. ‘Enlightened employers of labour’? Oral health in the British factory, 1890-1950
Claire L. Jones
Chapter 13. The state of tooth decay: dental knowledge, medical policy and fluoridation in Sweden, 1952-62
Chapter 14. The cultural politics of dental humanitarianism
Sarah E. Raskin
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