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Dentist’s Nightmares: The Worst Teeth In Film


Some of the worst teeth ever seen have been emblazoned on the big screen.

In some cases, these teeth have helped to forge the identity of the iconic characters who bare them. Most, if not all of the owners of these less than desirable sets of pearly whites are bad guys. But if we’re being serious, there are any number of reasons why our teeth can lose their sheen and become a little worse for wear.

Sugar has become a huge part of our modern diets and since its boom during the industrial revolution, it has been responsible for the loss of millions of teeth and the build-up of plaque and tartar on millions more. The key to maintaining and improving your oral and dental health is to visit us regularly, by which we mean at least every six months. Perhaps these characters didn’t have access to quality dentistry or maybe they were just alive in an era where oral health wasn’t a priority. Whatever the reason for their state, here are the most terrifying smiles on celluloid.

The Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Tim Burton’s contemporary take on The Headless Horseman opened to mixed reviews and even the star power of Johnny Depp wasn’t able to save the film’s box office receipts. But it did have one of the most iconic scary grins. Christopher Walken’s take on the classic villain included him filing his teeth into tiny enamel daggers that struck fear into the hearts of dentist’s and punters alike.

Austin Powers, Austin Powers (1997)

“Yes baby, this is what happens when you neglect your teeth for so many years, they eventually grow skew and discolour baby, yeah!”. Ok so that’s not an accurate quote but Austin Powers massive yellow chompers almost managed to steal Mike Myers’ thunder when he played the ‘International Man of Mystery’ simply by being so utterly awful. To be fair, oral and dental health in the 60s wasn’t nearly to the level that we have today.

Gollum, The Lord of The Rings (2001)

One ring to rule them all, one ring to bind them. One ring to bring them all and ruin your smile with its powerful but degenerative powers. Gollum’s teeth, or lack thereof, could be counted on one hand and his hissing and cursing antics in Peter Jackson’s extraordinary trilogy makes him an absolute certainty on this list. Limited mostly to four sharp little pebbles protruding from his mouth, Gollum’s smile is easily one of the most unsettling in film history.

Taking care of your teeth

Today, taking care of your teeth is quite simple. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day can help to ensure you maintain good oral health. Another simple thing you can do is visit your Distinctive Dental Care dentist every six months for a check-up and clean. By following this simple care plan—as well as minimising your sugar intake—you can have a better chance of maintaining good oral health for life.

To ensure that your oral and dental health is as it should be and to avoid the fate of the characters on our list, make sure that you schedule an appointment for a full check-up and professional clean. To find out more about what that entails, or to get in touch with us, please click here.

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