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“Auntie Toothache” by Hans Christian Andersen

Auntie Toothache by Hans Christian Andersen

Who says that emergency dentistry cannot be a subject for great literature? “Aunty Toothache” by Hans Christian Andersen is a parable about friendship and art. In the story, teeth serve as symbols of friendship, and losing a tooth foreshadows the death of a friend. Tooth pain accompanies, and is compared with, the pain of attempting … Read more

A Viennese legend about a toothache

A Viennese legend about a toothache

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna has a statue that is officially named “Man of Sorrow.” But to the Viennese, the statue is known affectionately as “Christ with a toothache.” Ingrid Prohaska, an Austrian blogger who writes about Viennese legends, tells of the dental emergency that caused the statue to acquire this nickname. According to the … Read more