THE RIDDLE OF TEETH by Winifred G. Hammond


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Annoying second person locutions and nonproductive gimmicks set the tone here from the first page, where eight riddles on teeth are listed as a come-on, with the answers hidden throughout the text. Equally unhelpful are the suggested projects: one gives figures on caries to be made into a graph, one calls for discoloring tablets to test for plaque (""your dentist can order them for you""), and one proposes a ""stop-and-go picture of your teeth"": ""color the primary ones green, because they will go. Color the permanent teeth red because they will stop and stay with you."" Elsewhere there is a tooth timetable, a diagram of the parts of a tooth, and sections on fluoride, dentures, ancient tooth diseases, and other variously relevant topics not covered in Schloat's younger looking Your Wonderful Teeth. However, as Schloat is clearer on the fundamentals (tooth development, decay, fillings, straightening, and especially tooth care), this will be of marginal value.

Pub Date: July 29th, 1971
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan