Cultures of Oral Health Discourses Practices and Theory 1st Edition

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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

Rizwana Lala

Chapter 4. Feminism, pipelines and gender myths: interrogating gender equality and inclusion in dentistry

Patricia Neville

Part II: Cultural representations of the mouth and teeth

Chapter 5. Toothy tales:dentures in the writings of H. Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling

Ryan Sweet

Chapter 6. Metaphors in the mouth: on dental fitness and iatronormativity

David Scott

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

Catherine Carstairs

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

Helen Franklin

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

Jonatan Samuelsson

Chapter 14. The cultural politics of dental humanitarianism

Sarah E. Raskin

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