A far better book than ""Paul Revere""'s drill-shrill Dentistry and Its Victims (1970); except for its opening hyperbole which may be equally offputting (""teeth are important, exciting, vital, interesting, personal, beautiful"") Dr. Cranin's text is highly informative and dedicated to keeping them vital. This is a maximally clear job of explaining everything: the kinds of pain and decay; the choice of dentist and his examination; the bite; drilling and fillings (silver vs. gold, porcelain vs. plastic); pulp therapy and peridontal disease; crowns and caps and replacements extending from partials to complete dentures which he expects to become a thing of the past with proper care. That care starts with very young children and he also discusses dentifrices, cigarettes (prohibited), special and more serious problems, anesthesia, orthodontics, first aid, etc., etc. Dr. Cranin forecasts new techniques to come and although he may minimize the rejection problem in the current use of implants, he is altogether up to date. . . . All you should need to know, very accessibly presented.