Here’s a weird theory: Americans’ outlook on money can be summed up by their dentists.
Last week, the Chicago Dental Society released a survey of more than 300 members that asked them for “the strangest dental requests they’d ever received from patients.” The answers went in two directions: Do silly stuff to save me money, and do silly stuff that will cost me a lot but will satisfy my vanity.
Check these out…
- “Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia?”
- “Please wire my mouth shut to aid in my diet.”
- “Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar I work at?”
- “I will pay you or your hygienist to floss my teeth at my office every day.”
- “Pull all my teeth, and just give me dentures.”
- “I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so that I can keep the diamond in it?”
- “Will you give me local anesthesia in my lips? I’m going in for permanent ‘lipstick’ tattoos on my lips and would like to avoid the pain.”
- “May I have an emergency cleaning visit? It’s my high school reunion and I need a bright, white smile to face my old boyfriend.”
- “Can I keep the teeth you pull out of my mouth? I’d like to make a necklace out of them.”
And the No. 1 strangest request?
“Can you give my dog braces?”
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