David Bowie’s changes also applied to his smile

I was so sad to hear about the death of David Bowie last week. I was at secondary school when he emerged with his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. My wife Sarah is a big fan. His music and ever changing look challenged the way people thought about themselves.

After news of his death broke, I, like many other people, became immersed in watching old clips of him on social media sites such as You Tube. Naturally as a dentist one of the videos which captivated me, was one about how Bowie’s smile had benefited from some extensive dentistry over the years.

Healing is largely to do with blood supply, and smokers typically take three times as long to heal from infections and damage to the bone that supports teeth and implants. His crooked stained teeth were transformed into a Hollywood smile by means of extensive bridgework, probably supported by dental implants. I guess I was struck by the desire of a genuinely creative man who enjoyed the fruits of his success, to change what he didn’t like about his smile.

So thank you David Bowie for the example as well as the music.