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Mary Otto with Angie Coiro

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)
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Show me your teeth, and I will tell you who you are.
-George Cuvier

Millions of Americans, young and old, suffer from chronic toothaches they have no choice but to live with day in and day out. Veteran health journalist Mary Otto joins Angie Coiro for an evening addressing the appalling links tying dental hygiene to a person's job prospects, social mobility, and education.

Going back to the moment when dental health was first separated from mainstream medicine, Otto's groundbreaking new book, Teeth, is a much-needed polemic of a system that has profited heavily off of bleach-clean Hollywood smiles and the mass-exclusion of low-income patients and Medicaid recipients.

What Otto finds in this unprecedented look at the world of dentistry is a broken healthcare system where those with means receive the highest level of treatment while those without receive nothing sometimes at the expense of life-threatening illness. Get your seat today for this important evening.

Mary Otto will be introduced by Dr. Bonnie Jue of the nonprofit Sonrisas Dental Health (San Mateo/Half Moon Bay).

Earlier Event: November 27
Fiction Discussion Group