Mouthing Off

Listen in pop-out player

"For moneyed Americans", writes Sarah Dunant "perfect dentistry is a matter of course". For Europeans- and she counts herself within that number - the situation is rather different!

Sarah takes a sideways look at teeth through the ages...and dentistry in times of austerity.

And for those whose chief loathing is a mouthful of shining American teeth, she offers hope. "Yaeba", the latest craze to hit Japan where young fashonista girls are getting their teeth cosmetically altered to appear more crooked!

Producer Adele Armstrong.

Release date:

Available now

10 minutes

Last on

Sun 30 Sep 2012 08:50

BBC News

BBC News

Modern society is on the hunt for better teeth, but what is it that makes our pearly whites so alluring, asks Sarah Dunant.


Read Sarah Dunant's article on BBC News website. 

Download this programme

Download this episode

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes.

The Best of A Point of View

The Best of A Point of View

Explore highlights from the A Point of View archive.