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Ask Your Dentist
ca. 1930 / 13:26
Filmmakers unknown

Film Stills

A dentist puts his hand on a boy’s shoulder. Film still: A boy and a dentist sit in a dark room with a film projector. The dentist shows the boy a film of models of teeth. Film still: A plaster cast of a woman’s head, along with a plaster cast of her teeth, illustrating the under-bite.
Film still: A coping-saw saws through a model of a molar. Film still: Cartoon animation shows General Germ at the head of an army germ devils marching through the streets pf the body, invading different parts. A street sign reads: 'To the eyes.' Film still: The titlepage of a book, 'Dental Infection and Systemic Disease,' by Russell L. Haden.'
An animated diagram shows the head and upper torso of a bald man with his organs visible and labeled, 'eyes', 'joints', 'heart', 'kidneys'. Writing on blackboard: 'To give form to the face.' A boy pauses before a door with a glass window that reads Dr. Early Care. His reflection appears in the glass.
A boy talks to a nurse and a dentist. A plaster model of a set of teeth. A boy and a dentist sit in a dark room. The dentist shows the boy a model of teeth and a row of dental x-rays.
A boy smiles, showing his dirty teeth. A dental x-ray of molars. Nutritional food (a carrot, turnip, bread-roll and tomato) on top of a tooth.
A cartoon General Germ orders his troops to attack the body. General Germ, followed by his troops, attacks. Intertitle: —that DENTAL CARE is Health Care

Other Resources

An oval-framed photograph of a smiling girl appears on the cover page of a dental pamphlet entitled Dentistry and Public Health: The Care of Teeth Cover-page, illustrated dental pamphlet.
Source: Dentistry and Public Health: The Care of Teeth (Chicago: American Dental Association, 1933).

A set of diagrams of baby teeth of the lower jaw are linked to a photograph of a boy opening his mouth. Diagram.
Source: Dentistry and Public Health: The Care of Teeth (Chicago: American Dental Association, 1933), 89.

A cover-page with the title Visual Education in Dentistry. Cover-page, catalogue of dental wall charts.
Source: Visual Education in Dentistry, (Pittsburgh: Dental Digest, 1938).

A dental wall chart titled 'Be not the last to lay the old aside' compares an old and new automobile, and worn and new tires, to old and new dental bridges. A wall-chart links dentistry to an emblem of modernity: the automobile.
Source: Visual Education in Dentistry, (Pittsburgh: Dental Digest, 1938), chart 13.

A dental wall chart, titled 'How irregularities affect the face,' compares a face with a normal bite, over-bite, and under-bite. Dental wall charts took on the look of advertising and magazine illustration.
Source: Visual Education in Dentistry, (Pittsburgh: Dental Digest, 1938), chart 5. Artist: Melville Steinfels (1910–1997).

Two men in suits attempt to pull the tooth of a struggling seated man who accidentally knocks over a table. Toothpulling, a frequently performed dental procedure, was frequently staged in comedic performance.
Source: National Library of Medicine #A022026

Ritter chair, dental unit, and x-ray machine. A dentist, sitting on a stool, with a drill in his hand is working with a patient. A woman in a white uniform is standing in front of a piece of equipment. Modern dentistry, mid-20th century.
Source: National Library of Medicine #A023270

A catalogue listing for Ask Your Dentist. Ask Your Dentist was listed, along with pamphlets, posters, models, lantern-slide sets, and other films, in the Journal of the American Dental Association 22.2 (1935): p.1978.


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