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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:09 am
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How good would it be to be a dentist in England... they've all got £$%$ed teeth! Smile

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How good would it be to be a dentist in England... they've all got £$%$ed teeth! Smile


huh??

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How good would it be to be a dentist in England... they've all got £$%$ed teeth! Smile


Does that mean they have pretty shit dentists? Razz

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How good would it be to be a dentist in England... they've all got £$%$ed teeth! Smile


Collingwood should start marketing here - the marketís primed !!

Both the shabby teeth and the dreadful cuisine ended, thankfully, in the 1980s.

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think positive wrote:
Skids wrote:
How good would it be to be a dentist in England... they've all got £$%$ed teeth! Smile


huh??


You've never noticed Jo?

There was a Family Guy episode once where they were all poms instead of seppos... everyone's teeth were munted Laughing

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Um isnít family guy a cartoon?
This still a Pom still has her own teeth!

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^

yeah but you were raised here weren't you? Where we have dentists?

https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-22429,00.html

Classic Simpsons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrpUSKE9p_M

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think positive wrote:
Skids wrote:
How good would it be to be a dentist in England... they've all got £$%$ed teeth! Smile


huh??


Itís an old American stereotype about British people. Not sure how much basis in reality it has, except perhaps for the fact that Americans tend to be more obsessed with physical perfection and thus would be more likely to fork out for braces (plus plastic surgery, breast augmentation, arse implants, etc...)

Personally, Iím proud to have average (i.e. not perfectly straight) teeth. Itís not a moral failing to look normal!

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David wrote:
think positive wrote:
Skids wrote:
How good would it be to be a dentist in England... they've all got £$%$ed teeth! Smile


huh??


Itís an old American stereotype about British people. Not sure how much basis in reality it has, except perhaps for the fact that Americans tend to be more obsessed with physical perfection and thus would be more likely to fork out for braces (plus plastic surgery, breast augmentation, arse implants, etc...)

Personally, Iím proud to have average (i.e. not perfectly straight) teeth. Itís not a moral failing to look normal!


Watch some brit TV... you'll notice it now, far from a stereotype... it's real!

(not ALL poms Jo, but a huge % from my observations Wink )

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stui magpie wrote:
^

yeah but you were raised here weren't you? Where we have dentists?

https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-22429,00.html

Classic Simpsons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrpUSKE9p_M


Laughing Laughing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHcsaqTxJNk

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Lived in Australia, lived in Britain, no difference in the dentistry being sported except itís cheaper to get your fangs fixed up in the UK.

The stereotype comes from the 1940s and 1950s, and it was true enough then. Britain was heavily indebted and bankrupt, rationing was still in place (it did not end til 1954, which meant many things had been rationed for 14 years), and the Labour government had brought in socialised dentistry - free, but unconcerned with cosmetics. The price of two ghastly wars in thirty years could be seen in drab clothes, bad food, thin bodies and shabby teeth.

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Interesting. Thanks mugwump, always find it fascinating where sayings and customs come from.
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the Labour government had brought in socialised dentistry - free, but unconcerned with cosmetics.


Whereas now, here in Australia, we have to pay an arm and a leg for any dental work, necessary and cosmetic alike. I know which system Iíd prefer!

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David wrote:
Mugwump wrote:
the Labour government had brought in socialised dentistry - free, but unconcerned with cosmetics.


Whereas now, here in Australia, we have to pay an arm and a leg for any dental work, necessary and cosmetic alike. I know which system Iíd prefer!


Neither system works well, actually. NHS dentistry is pretty Soviet - poor quality with long waiting times. But private dentistry in the UK, while not cheap, is not quite as financially painful as it seems in Australia, though my points of comparison are slim. I know that a root canal filling plus a post and crown recently cost me about $1700 in Oxford, where a friend in Australia paid a lot more (I think about 2600) for something similar. A growing minority of people in the UK fly to places like Hungary or Turkey to get such things done. I guess there is an ASEAN version of that.

The price Britain (ie the British people) paid for fighting on the defensive side of two world wars in thirty years is not well understood.

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Medical tourism, right? I find that whole idea kind of terrifying Ė in any case, I donít have the money for a ticket to Thailand or the guts to submit to minor surgery in a developing country where the quality of equipment and training may be less than comforting.

I am well overdue for a check-up, though Ė guess Iíll just have to bite the toothbrush and do it, find out what's wrong and wait for the four-digit bill to fix it. Sad

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