Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dentists in pop culture

You know how certain professions get highlighted on television and in movies? Paleontologists. Forensic scientists. Detectives. Doctors. But what about dentists? (Besides the ones who endorse your brand of toothpaste)

Most of the times the dentist's career is introduced as solely the character's mode of making money than an important story plot as with other careers. I can think of four at the top of my head:
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2. Ashley from "The Bachelor"- Okay, she's not really a "character". But she is a semi-celebrity and she actually went to Penn!
3. Julia from "Horrible Bosses" portrayed by Jennifer Aniston- a “maneater” shamelessly seducing her assistant… which bothers him enough to hire a hit man.
4. Noah from "Suburgatory" portrayed by Alan Tudyk- a smooth-talking wealthy dentist who enjoys the fine things in life.

Besides being dentists, they all happen to be awfully attractive. There is also Stu from The Hangover whose profession is the target of ridicule some moments. In “Harry Potter” Hermione's parents are both dentists.

Well, here's one exception to the "dentistry only as a job" rule: "The Dentist" from Little Shop of Horrors. His profession (and his nitrous oxide addiction) is a major story arc. This clip is frankly a little terrifying.


I believe career portrayal in pop culture greatly affects how the society views people in that profession (fictional characters can be role models for little ones). That's why I am going to produce "Dentists", a television show portraying all the behind-the-scene drama that goes on in a dental office. From my shadowing experience I can think of a few dramatic moments: “My patient wants her veneers in OM1- the fluorescent white!” All my acting education will finally pay off...

But in all seriousness,
What do you think of the way dentists are portrayed?
Am I missing any other fictional dentists?

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  1. That show is a breathe of fresh air in this CSI/Bones/Dangerous Minds/24-generation. My team from the cosmetic dentist greenville sc are always tuned in to that.

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    1. Sometimes it's important to find role models, even if they are fictional television characters.

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  2. I've always watch these shows! They are just hilarious. But hey, they play quite a good role as a dentist. Almost as good as my dentist from Moore dentistry.

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    1. Yes they are pretty convincing. Also, your practice looks beautiful! I also love that your practice ha a brand look, with the colors and the logo.

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