A Dental Health Theatre?
What in the
world is a Dental Health Theatre? Is this a place where we might
go to see a bicuspid acting as Shakespeare’s Romeo while an incisor,
playing the part of Juliet, daintily sips a poisonous potion? Or, shall we expect a row of baby teeth doing a can-can dance dressed
in swirling feathered costumes? Perhaps it’s a giant wisdom
tooth belting out a baritone aria as spectators weep to the forlorn
sound of instrumentals in the background. Or worse! A
dental operating theatre where passersby can watch as would-be student
dentists learn their skills on unsuspecting patients?
A tooth surrounded stage at the Dental
Lawrence Hosken Website
Actually, it’s an educational attraction
that serves to teach children and youth of the need for good dental
hygiene in a non-threatening and entertaining way. The Dental
Health Theatre is the only one of its kind in the world.
The whole thing began when a
dentist had a set of
sixteen three-foot tall illuminated teeth made in the 1970's. However, he soon found himself running out of room in his office and
sold them to a St. Louis dentist, who brought them to Missouri. With
the help of other dentists in the area, as well as the Dental
Auxiliary, a group of dentists’ wives, the Dental Health Theatre was
teeth with a marionette puppet show that the Dental Auxiliary had been
presenting to local schools, they soon added two films, a giant
toothbrush and a an oversized dental floss to utilize for
The Dental Health Theatre features the a set
of 16 three-foot tall illuminated fiberglass teeth, that serves as the
boundary for a stage where puppet shows are given for groups of 15 or
more. For smaller groups, you can still see one of two films -- "Dudley
The Dinosaur Goes to the Dentist" for young children and "The Haunted
Mouth" for older children. Presentations are 45 minutes long.
The attraction is free, but reservations are