History Main / EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth

21st Sep '16 1:13:15 PM CaptainCrawdad
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The other side of this trope, however, is to commonly present [[TheDungAges people in the past as all having rotten, disgusting teeth due to their primitive oral hygiene]]. This is very much TruthInTelevision -- for ''some'' time periods and regions, but not for always and everywhere. [[RealityIsUnrealistic In reality]], the rate of dental caries was rather low in the oldest time periods; even though the people may have spent much less time cleaning their teeth, they suffered less from tooth decay than we would expect today because their diets didn't have nearly as much tooth-rotting sugar. The big turn for the worse, at least when talking about European cultures, happened during TheHighMiddleAges. See the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries#History Other Wiki]] for more details.

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The other side of this trope, however, is to commonly present [[TheDungAges people in the past as all having rotten, disgusting teeth due to their primitive oral hygiene]]. This is very much TruthInTelevision -- for ''some'' time periods and regions, but not for always and everywhere. [[RealityIsUnrealistic In reality]], the rate of dental caries decay was rather low in the oldest time periods; even though the people may have spent much less time cleaning their teeth, they suffered less from tooth decay than we would expect today because their diets didn't have nearly as much tooth-rotting sugar. The big turn for the worse, at least when talking about European cultures, happened during TheHighMiddleAges. See the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries#History Other Wiki]] for more details.
11th Sep '16 7:36:44 PM GothicNarcissus
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': all the characters from pre-modern Fairy Tale Land have perfect teeth. Even peasants living in established dire poverty such as shepherd David or town coward's wife Milah. That could be [[AWizardDidIt magic and fantasy]], right? Except the only character with stained teeth is Rumplestiltskin, and he only gets them ''after'' he becomes magical and his powers start to corrupt him and change his body.
10th Aug '16 8:15:12 PM PaulA
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* James Clavell {{Lampshades}} the disgusting state of BritishTeeth in the nineteenth century in his novel of Hong Kong, ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Tai-Pan]]''. The fact the hero takes care of his teeth - something he learnt from the Chinese - is seen as an aberration, of his "going native". Meanwhile his rival actually ''dies'' of bad teeth: an untreated abscess he is "toughening out" and disregarding turns into blood poisoning.

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* James Clavell {{Lampshades}} the disgusting state of BritishTeeth in the nineteenth century in his novel of Hong Kong, ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Tai-Pan]]''. ''Literature/TaiPan''. The fact the hero takes care of his teeth - something teeth--something he learnt learned from the Chinese - is Chinese--is seen as an aberration, of his "going native". Meanwhile his rival actually ''dies'' of bad teeth: an untreated abscess he is "toughening out" and disregarding turns into blood poisoning.
29th Jul '16 10:09:54 AM Theriocephalus
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* Crest 3-D White Toothpaste shows a woman promising to introduce her friend to someone -- in two weeks, after she's whitened her teeth. As she says the last bit, her friend's smile, which was exposing her incredibly white, perfect teeth, falters. At the end of the commercial after the treatment she smiles again, showing teeth that look identical to how they were before. Maybe the difference is apparent to some people, but one would think that if there were one place on television to see slightly less than perfect but not joke-level teeth, its in the "Before" section of a tooth-whitening ad..

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* Crest 3-D White Toothpaste shows a woman promising to introduce her friend to someone -- in two weeks, after she's whitened her teeth. As she says the last bit, her friend's smile, which was exposing her incredibly white, perfect teeth, falters. At the end of the commercial after the treatment she smiles again, showing teeth that look identical to how they were before. Maybe the difference is apparent to some people, but one would think that if there were one place on television to see slightly less than perfect but not joke-level teeth, its it's in the "Before" section of a tooth-whitening ad..ad...



* In Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire, after listening to a captured Lannister cousin address her son as "Your Grace," Catelyn Stark reflects that one thing to say for Jaime Lannister is that "they could never have forced that title out between his perfect teeth." It might only be perfect by medieval standards, however.

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* In Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire, after ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** After
listening to a captured Lannister cousin address her son as "Your Grace," Catelyn Stark reflects that one thing to say for Jaime Lannister is that "they could never have forced that title out between his perfect teeth." It They might only be perfect by medieval standards, however.



** One of Daenarys' military commanders (who she lusts after strongly) is noted as having at least one golden tooth in his charming smile. Whenever she is thinking sexy thoughts about him, his sexy golden tooth is usually prominent in her fantasizing. By today's standards, that tooth might make him seem thuggish or tacky, but she's a medieval teenager with a thing for bad boys so maybe it makes sense

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** One of Daenarys' Daenerys' military commanders (who she lusts after strongly) is noted as having at least one golden tooth in his charming smile. Whenever she is thinking sexy thoughts about him, his sexy golden tooth is usually prominent in her fantasizing. By today's standards, that tooth might make him seem thuggish or tacky, but she's a medieval teenager with a thing for bad boys so maybe would be more likely to see it makes senseas attractively roguish.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': An {{egregious}} example is in an early episode, when the kids are showing Numbuh Three what kind of teeth she should have, they are revealed to have hideous teeth due to poor dental care. And yet, in every other shot, they have perfect teeth. Recurring villain Stickybeard averts this trope with hideous teeth due to all the candy he eats.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Chip Skylark]], who is such a straight example of this trope that he has a ''song'' about it! [[EarWorm "My shiny teeth and me!!!!"]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': An {{egregious}} example is in an early episode, when the kids are showing Numbuh Three what kind of teeth she should have, have and they are revealed to have hideous teeth due to poor dental care. And yet, in every other shot, they have perfect teeth. Recurring villain Stickybeard averts this trope with hideous teeth due to all the candy he eats.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Chip Skylark]], who Skylark is such a straight example of this trope that he has a ''song'' about it! [[EarWorm it!
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"My shiny teeth and me!!!!"]]me!"]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'', all the Mixels have perfect white sharp teeth...except for Chomly, who has a GoldTooth from breaking one of his buck teeth, and by the Waka half of Vaka-Waka, who, due to being the stomach half of the duo, has horribly yellowed teeth.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'', all the Mixels have perfect white sharp teeth... except for Chomly, who has a GoldTooth from breaking one of his buck teeth, and by the Waka half of Vaka-Waka, who, due to being the stomach half of the duo, has horribly yellowed teeth.
8th Jun '16 10:46:35 AM Donnigan
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* All of the Zombies in ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' have sparkling, artificial Pearly Whites, so much so that this becomes one of their nicknames. But what do you expect from people who have lived for hundreds of years and need to use them to crack skulls.
23rd May '16 5:33:05 AM JamesAustin
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* And then, at the other extreme, was "Dashing" CodyRhodes, who had perfect, pearly-white teeth - [[BeautyToBeast until he got his face kicked in]] by ReyMysterio.

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* And then, at the other extreme, was "Dashing" CodyRhodes, Wrestling/CodyRhodes, who had perfect, pearly-white teeth - [[BeautyToBeast until he got his face kicked in]] by ReyMysterio.Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}.
12th May '16 9:37:37 PM ZootyCutie94
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'', all the Mixels have perfect white sharp teeth...except for Chomly, who has a GoldTooth from breaking one of his buck teeth, and by the Waka half of Vaka-Waka, who, due to being the stomach half of the duo, has horribly yellowed teeth.
15th Feb '16 1:05:52 AM vifetoile
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* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'': FrankensteinsMonster had "pearly white teeth", because Frankenstein deliberately built him out of attractive parts in hopes of creating as perfect a specimen as possible, but instead the overall effect is UncannyValley.

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* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'': FrankensteinsMonster had "pearly white teeth", because Frankenstein deliberately built him out of attractive parts in hopes of creating as perfect a specimen as possible, but instead the overall effect effect, probably heightened by the jaundiced, yellow skin, is pure UncannyValley.


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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' includes an aversion - Finn the Human has several teeth missing, a consequence of his rough n' tumble adventuring life.
16th Jan '16 9:18:46 AM 10-13-2
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* When the monster heel Gene Snitsky underwent a makeover in 2006, he shaved off his hair, his beard and his ''eyebrows'' - and apparently stopped brushing his teeth, to the point that ''WWE Magazine'' jokingly dubbed the color of those teeth "Snitsky yellow."
* And then, at the other extreme, was "Dashing" CodyRhodes, who had perfect, pearly-white teeth - [[BeautyToBeast until he got his face kicked in]] by ReyMysterio.
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16th Jan '16 9:14:10 AM 10-13-2
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* The Penguin in ''BatmanReturns'' has narrow, sharpened teeth that are more like fangs, and they are a dingy dark yellow in color. In other media, the Penguin usually has white teeth - but they are usually vaguely crooked or misaligned in order to make him look sinister.

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* The Penguin in ''BatmanReturns'' has narrow, sharpened teeth that are more like fangs, and they are a dingy dark yellow in color. In other media, the Penguin usually has white teeth - but they are usually tend to be vaguely crooked or misaligned misaligned, in order to make him look sinister.
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