Smile. You’re on Politics.

Nations too weak and cannot help the toothlessTen percent of Kentucky has no teeth.

Half the children have cavities.

Dental pain is the leading cause of missed school.

There’s a black market for bootleg dentures.

DIY extractions with pliers and peroxide. Few dentists.

Bush reduced Medicaid dental payments to 1/2 reimbursement.

West Virginia is worse. [revealing story at nytimes]

Celebrity Amy Wimehouse is toothlessCelebrities are toothless.
Politicians are toothless.

Civilization is toothless.

Smiles may be important.
One quarter of us have zero friends.

General Social Survey [pdf]

Prof. Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University [abstract]

[washington post]
[boston globe]