How to get your teeth checked in a barber shop

The term ‘barber shop’ might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s not.

The term comes from a barbershop in the 1970s where a patient was brought in with a ‘faulty tooth’ and asked to give their opinion on a new toothbrush.

Nowadays, the word refers to a dentist in a private practice who performs dental surgery and can charge more than £300 per session.

This article is part of our Health and Wellbeing series on the health effects of modern medicine.

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