The Trouble With Dentistry

It’s much less scientific — and more prone to gratuitous procedures — than you may think

The Atlantic
Apr 17 · 20 min read
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By Ferris Jabr

In the early 2000s Terry Mitchell’s dentist retired. For a while, Mitchell, an electrician in his 50s, stopped seeking dental care altogether. But when one of his wisdom teeth began to ache, he started looking for someone new. An…

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