The Regulator welcomes veteran Washington Post journalist Mary Otto for a discussion and signing of her new book, Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America --a view from inside America’s mouth-- and what our teeth reveal about inequality today.
“Show me your teeth,” the great naturalist Georges Cuvier is credited with saying, “and I will tell you who you are.” Veteran health journalist Mary Otto looks inside America’s mouth, revealing unsettling truths about our unequal society. Teeth takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health. Paradigm-shifting, Teeth exposes for the first time the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis—and will spark an urgent conversation about why our teeth matter.
"[Teeth is]… more than an exploration of a two-tiered system—it is a call for sweeping, radical change."—New York Times Book Review
Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She began writing about oral health at the Washington Post, where she worked for eight years covering social issues including health care and poverty, and she is the author of Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America (The New Press). She lives in Washington, D.C.