I recently received an email from a dental hygienist who writes a column for the Los Angeles Dental Hygienists’ Society’s newsletter and for a similar statewide newsletter and a national one. Her column is called “Hygienists In Print- Fiction & Nonfiction” and features things like “Tooth titles” (e.g., Stephen Jay Gould’s HEN’S TEETH & HORSE’S TOES, Peter O’Donnell’s SABRE TOOTH, and Marilyn Todd’s DIGGING THEIR GRAVE WITH THEIR TEETH). The column also notes when teeth or dental hygiene are mentioned in fiction works, mostly mysteries. For example, in Carol Higgins Clark’s JINXED, Big Shot, a biker, is trying to protect a little old lady from Edward, her very young fiancé. Carol writes, “He paused & smiled, revealing the most dentally challenged arrangement of teeth Edward had ever seen.”
The next column will feature THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED PTOLEMY because one of the minor characters is a dental hygienist. She also found six other references to teeth! So the next time you go to the dentist, check to see if a Pot Thief book is among the reading material in the waiting room.