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The Real Reason Americans Have Pretty Teeth

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Cosmetic dentistry has taken over the world. Having perfect teeth shouts success, but where did all begin? Well, Hollywood of course. In this episode of Then This Happened, learn about the one dentist who was more influential than any other in creating the movie star smile. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-06-14/how-america-got-such-pretty-teeth-video ---------- Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/
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ComputerNoises (14 days ago)
"is actually the British, despite what everyone thinks" No. No one thinks of british as having missing or rotten teeth. We think of them as having gaps between every last one of their teeth.
Unmade Urged (1 month ago)
Brush, floss, long rinse, pull oil, do what you have to, but keep your mouth clean, please. Oh..Sweep the floor and wash the dishes, too.
Roman Corey (1 month ago)
I literally got a Mouthwash commercial for this.
Marie Rodriguez (1 month ago)
wtf,this was suppose to be a stereotype,now it's turned into a fact???....
xSw eD (1 month ago)
the only things that scream "usa" is children running for their lives in their own school.
lars goossens (1 month ago)
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E U (1 month ago)
American Got Pretty Teeth At The Expence Of Their Brain Cells. FLUORIDE.
Muhammad Mirsab (1 month ago)
0:12 I think that's an Australian cricketer on the right
Arsal (1 month ago)
thanks for the info on the shallow capitalist society that is the West
Alex Reeburn (1 month ago)
The guy wearing sunglasses at 0:36 managed to crack me up
dododo baba (1 month ago)
even senior members of the the British royal family have terrible teeth. maybe it's as result of generations of inbreeding
christysson (1 month ago)
I like Bloomberg. Please hire me.
DeadMemeMachine (1 month ago)
I got a tooth ad... great
esketit Pac9 (1 month ago)
its ugly when someone has "perfect" teeth, either too white or just shaped the same. It looks fake asfk
Cadza (1 month ago)
Ofc it's brits punk never dies
Casper G (1 month ago)
bracers?? eu also has it but pays less for it
Blind Bob (1 month ago)
You can always spot an American in a disco.... it's one of the places where their fake teeth react to the UV and shine like a lighthouse. What they don't tell you is that they have too TOTALLY DESTROY your teeth for this procedure. They take a strong chemical acid that destroys the surface of your teeth, this can NEVER be reversed. They then stick false caps or surfaces over the destroyed dental work. The younger you do it the more it will cost you over a life time, loose your job or income and you are FUCKED The caps come off.. .you cannot replace them due to no money and so your teeth now with the enamel protection and surface gone... rot in your mouth.
Johannes (1 month ago)
Yea, being proud of fake theeth, while drinking tons of soda. Sounds American to me.. And rather spending money to give to illusion of good genes, than education..
Marie Rodriguez (1 month ago)
Johannes drinking tons of soda?😂😂😂boy,what?
Annika Meyer (1 month ago)
lol the reason Americans spend so much on their teeth is because their healthcare doesn't cover it and is expensive af
Agnes Laufer (1 month ago)
The key to a nice and healthy smile is flossing.
F0nkyNinja (1 month ago)
that will definately help against naturally yellow or stained teeth, bravo.
Jena TH (1 month ago)
They should spend much more attention on their body shape
Marie Rodriguez (1 month ago)
Jena TH couldn't give less of a shit on body shape.
ruzzell907 (1 month ago)
It's my 6th month with braces, and I think my future is going to be bright as I am about to start college in a month and I have a nice smile to match. I suffered depression and a lot of bad things had happened to me, and I think having a nice smile is something I think will give me back my happiness. Just in the first month of tightening I immediately saw a difference. I think I'm going to cry when my braces come off in 18 months.
VIVA ZACATECAS (30 days ago)
A ten year old talking
ruzzell907 (1 month ago)
Misaligned teeth can cause uneven wear on the enamel while chewing, which could result in cavities. Proper aligned teeth is not just for aesthetics, it's also to protect teeth.
Joshua Green (1 month ago)
That's crazy. And it explains a lot.
Arianne Ghislaine Rull (1 month ago)
So I would less likely get married because I'm ugly? "YAS!" Said the asexual person
Exit Paradise (1 month ago)
braces also cause long term health effects like tmj ... there's a trade off
mike otrosh (1 month ago)
"Attractive people tend to earn more" God, i hate that expression. It's the other way around lmao
HimKioo (1 month ago)
"inspiring". Well. First of all. It's all about genetics and having an awareness to take care of your own sh1t.
labelfree904 (1 month ago)
not everyone can afford a dentist in north america though
Han Race (1 month ago)
Americans=Bright white teeth !!
Lardé GH (1 month ago)
💚 Yes noticed that American tend to have that almost weird fake white teeth which “sometimes” works as distraction but overall Americans youngsters are surely have nice teeth “Personally” I think the best teeth/smile I’ve seen are always from people whom originally islanders of African Coasts & Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Maldives, Seashells & Arab Comoros..etc) they’re naturally white, straight & healthy surprisingly some of them may never have been in a dental ever before!
Deus Ex Machina (1 month ago)
Lardé GH Could it be because of exposure to salt?
Aldo Gallegos (1 month ago)
Lardé GH probably because of their diet.
Juan C (1 month ago)
I havent gone to the dentist for 13 years now. Im 41 years old. There's a lie that the dentist doesn't tell their clients, because they would lose all this money. I have found the answer. If you think about it, it makes sense that we don't have to go to the dentist every year. If you look back thousands of years when our hygiene wasn't great people didn't go to the dentist every year and they did just find. How is it now with all this progress in Hygiene in 2018 we have to go twice a year? I so have the answer. ask me an Ill explain, hint "DIET".
Juan C (1 month ago)
Nathan Mirr I do want to point out, there are dental procedures that we do need, like root canals, wisdom teeth removal, braces, dentures. but we don't need cleaning twice a year or cavities.
Nathan Mirr (1 month ago)
Juan C I agree. Most dentist's are a scam. If people would stop eating junk food, dentist's would go bankrupt worldwide. They are only in it for the money.
Juan C (1 month ago)
Nathan Mirr Also I don't like going to the dentist and hearing that drill. again you to can stay away from the detist if you really want, just like diabetics. I helped my sister go from Type 1 diabetes where she was starting to inject her self with insulin to completely removing the need of it, but its not easy. You have to eat differently. Theres so much good food that you dont have to eat "Too Foo" or just go vegan. I eat ELK, I eat salmon, Oysters, clams, MHai-Mahi you cook it with Olive oils and herbs and spices and a half a glass of Wine, you will be surprised.
Juan C (1 month ago)
Nathan Mirr wasnt easy, at 38 years old I started experiencing signs of stroke and heart attack. I decided to change when I found out medication had side effects and I couldnt handle them. Ive always been healthy most of my life, did some power lifting in my 20's, In my early 30's I surfed, paddle board, trained for triathlon and almost went pro soccer player, but my injury in back of my neck halted all my activities at age 35, I use to consume 3000 to 4000 calories a day, but Id burn that so fast, after my injury all those calories were not been used and I started gaining weight and my heart didn't like it. PLus getting old my metabolism slowed down. through out this time I started realizing, why I hadn't visited the dentist... Dentist just want to make money off you. Their are necessary dental works and then theirs "Vanity", "Gum disease" and cavities. You have to stop eating sugar sweet candies, you have to stop eating fried food. Our ancestors in the Savanah were not eating junk foods. and their sweets were on plants or grubs. No processed foods back then, of course they didnt have the pretiest teeth, but thats because they didnt brush their teeth.
Nathan Mirr (1 month ago)
Juan C Damn, you must be healthy. I need to start treating my body better especially with my diet.
Noah Westt (1 month ago)
I love my perfect teeth 😩 I always wear my retainer because I don’t want them to shift ever. haha
Snakepit Houston (1 month ago)
How about fluoride in the water?
Marie Rodriguez (1 month ago)
Snakepit Houston Also here is Canada too.
Letsmakethishappen (1 month ago)
Only Americans think that their artificial white smiles are pretty. Looks like something plastic that children would stuff to their mouth during Halloween
Marie Rodriguez (1 month ago)
Letsmakethishappen we say the same thing about Asians.
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
Nope. We just don't have deformed teeth from birth(Brits) few people I know have to get braces when they were young. And I'm currently 15.
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
theo tryhard However the part about the Japanese having the best teeth is true. Also look at regular videos you will see the horrible British teeth in the average citizen. And they have less teeth removed because they leave the crooked teeth in there. And for a minority they do it out of tradition. Mostly the Scottish.
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
theo tryhard Have you seen the average brit? More specifically the ones in their 40s? They admit that its true. I wonder why they go more. And George Washington didn't have 1 tooth from the time he was president. Reliable source huh?
Johannes (1 month ago)
Why so racist?
theo tryhard (1 month ago)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12054216/Americans-do-not-have-better-teeth-than-the-British-study-concludes.html https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/british-teeth-arent-that-bad-american-teeth-are-far-worse/ http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150602-do-the-british-have-bad-teeth
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
Terrible British accent. Don't like it. Annoying highs and Tuhoos
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
J Groenveld That explains it XD British accents vary widely.
Nathan Mirr (1 month ago)
Layback Studios I actually don't mind the British accent. I like it more than any other accent.
J Groenveld (1 month ago)
He's from New Zealand.
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
Tuhooo XD first 15 seconds
Concerned Voter (1 month ago)
Ah yes...big fat, totally obese, but have white teeth...the perfect wife ! God bless America
Ella Blun (1 month ago)
you can't say americanazis have pretty teeth, you are americanazi. you have to wait for someone else to say it first, and considering your smiles are described as "photoshoped teeth" and "photoshoped smiles" it's not happening.
Young Tang (2 months ago)
Attention! Use the Hydrogen Peroxide 3% tropical solution as mouthwash. I’ve been using it for 16 years and not a tiny cavity developed. So no additional dental costs. You can thank me later. Not to mention Hydrogen Peroxide is dirt cheap to keep your teeth white and it keeps you from getting sick as well. Have your children and everyone you know USE IT IMMEDIATELY!
Klein Sonalan (1 month ago)
Young Tang this is so true
Jason Humm (2 months ago)
I thought it was that weekly flouride I drank in school.
Nicole Dawson (1 month ago)
It's not just at school! I learned this much later than I'd like to admit.
mikedabucify (1 month ago)
Jason Humm you weren't suppose to drink it 🤢
Mete (1 month ago)
Jason Humm Subscribed.
Ukspeedy 10 (2 months ago)
Weird how people actually think Americans have better teeth than the British or any other country is messed up
mausalus09 (2 days ago)
You may have been born in the 90s or Current Millenium. It would explain your lack of knowledge. No worries young Zygote.😊
mausalus09 (2 days ago)
Ukspeedy 10 You must be very young.
mausalus09 (2 days ago)
Ukspeedy 10 Its an old saying.
Ukspeedy 10 (2 days ago)
mausalus09 u what?
Ca Bal (2 months ago)
How America Got - more like why
NoVaKane (2 months ago)
Variation in genes ... too much incest in the past in england
Abinash Rabha (2 months ago)
Fake face, fake teeth, fake identity wonder why divorce rate is increasing.
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Austin lol (2 months ago)
British have the teeth of a homeless methhead.
theo tryhard (1 month ago)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12054216/Americans-do-not-have-better-teeth-than-the-British-study-concludes.html https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/british-teeth-arent-that-bad-american-teeth-are-far-worse/ http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150602-do-the-british-have-bad-teeth
MegF (2 months ago)
Medicare, which is the US over 65 year old medical insurance, doesn't include dental. A basic crown can cost $1,500. I think there are supplemental insurance plans added onto Medicare that can offer some dental insurance options. Everything is going to cost and older folks on limited incomes end up making choices. An implant can cost $4,000 and up, so no wonder older folks just choose to have a tooth pulled and gum their food.
Raphael (2 months ago)
Waiting to see the triggered brits, with their crooked yellow teeth, complain about obesity in America.
Random Guy (1 month ago)
We are all the same if you want it or not ;)
mike otrosh (1 month ago)
Glossy Gloss (2 months ago)
lawrence No you don’t. You have less things like cavities or fillers. You guys have HORRID teeth formation. Whereas Americans have straight teeth.
Austin lol (2 months ago)
lawrence then why’re they so crooked and yellow?
lawrence (2 months ago)
Whos triggered? We have better teeth than Americans no matter what you say on the internet. Look up some studies.
Javier Wagner (2 months ago)
The graph with the rankings of average fillings, etc is confusing. Please provide better tables next time, it can be easily misinterpreted, im not sure the title tells me what the numbers mean, number of teeth? ranking position? what is the standard deviation? 14 teeth as the average for the U.S seems an awful lot if it means number of teeth, Im sure that distribution has a very high SD. Please be more riguruous with the numbers and how they are presented.
Where is the whole top of average number of decayed teeth in different countries? I would like to see my country in it (and yes, I know that my country is the hell between Europe and Pacific ocean, but you could forget it for a second and answer my question)
That's exactly right the British have fucked up teeth and a whole lot of them... Cheers!
Suki (2 months ago)
british people have worse teeth! would you agree?
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
MRTOWELRACK The majority still look like they have hillbilly teeth. Even the ones currently in elementary. Visits to a dentist don't really change how good your teeth are. Or how many get pulled. Many people try not to get teeth pulled to save money. (Brits have narrower budgets then both Canadians and Americans)
MRTOWELRACK (1 month ago)
I (a Canadian) went to the UK more than a decade ago, thinking that bad British teeth was just a stereotype. I was blown away by the heavy smoking and bad teeth (connection, maybe), but apparently, that's changed! Brits now have great teeth and smoke much less.
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
Samuel Cope That's based on funding, subsidation government(s) funds. And many more things. Not appeal of teeth.
Layback Studios (1 month ago)
Rhys P Not really. They leave their teeth in. Thats why they have less removed. They go to the dentist more cause they have to. And tooth decay is over exaggerated in the US in most cases. So all points rendered invalid. Ha!
Samuel Cope (1 month ago)
British and Germany are tied for the third best oral Heath in the world, The USA is at 5 ....
Music Pills (2 months ago)
I have read some research about effectiveness of a smile in communication and seems such a pretty important factor
Orange Hitler (2 months ago)
by being superficial scum. How did america get away with the warcrimes?
Fitzgerald Mistral (2 months ago)
I don't think so. 1) You're overlooking the 1,000,000s that aren't covered by medicare or medicaid. 2) You're overlooking other cultures that have much better diets, because tooth decay is a matter of POOR DIET first and foremost, and there are cultures around the world, both ancient and contemporary, that have better diets than McDonald's and hamburgers and french fries and pizzas. YOU KIDDING ME? STOP GASLIGHTING ME PLEASE.
Paul Bagg (1 month ago)
Fitzgerald Mistral go back to bed little snowflake jfc
The National Health Service in UK is standard, you need medicine or pills you'll get it. You need dentist work done on your teeth , you'll get that too but don't expect a high end professional job done on you like Private Care does. I once had very strong teeth , after I visited the dentist my teeth felt much weaker and not as strong as before. If you have money obviously go for the private high end professional job done on you.
SmoothCanoes (2 months ago)
Denzel Heden (2 months ago)
Bloomberg. ..Indians have a very dirt teeths. ..they're vegetarian and their teeths do not get clean. .they're my hostelmates 😅😅😅😂😂😂😂😂😅
Breeze (2 months ago)
Those teeth stained from coffee & cigs haha
Hail Xenu (2 months ago)
Simple were not british
Not Interested (1 month ago)
Raphael well done you killed these fakes.
Cameron O. (1 month ago)
Jara I care that this douchebag felt the need to correct him on something that is ireleveant, not that the guy didn't put an apostrophe.
DrPhilFurry (1 month ago)
Cameron O. You, clearly.
Cameron O. (1 month ago)
Raphael Who cares? Get a life.
Bella Umbrellla (2 months ago)
It's like a rite of passage to have braces from 5th grade till junior yr in high school. I was lucky I didn't need braces but all my friends did. Kinda felt like I was missing out lol ......and I actually like going to the dentist but he probably doesn't like that I don't need work 😁
Bella Umbrellla (1 month ago)
+george ochoa ahaha the rubber bands phase looked so cool too! And I would've picked red and green for my Phillies and Iggggles! lol ...I remember one kid was decked out all in Yankees colors 😩
george ochoa (1 month ago)
Bella Umbrellla finally someone who understands how it feels to be left out when it comes to braces lol. I always wanted to get to pick cool colors to go on my teeth lol.
GDI 109 (1 month ago)
Bella Umbrellla gotcha, you’re perfect, now please go eat shit and die, Bella. Thanks.
Bella Umbrellla (1 month ago)
+LORD SAIYAN ew go away rude person
LORD SAIYAN (2 months ago)
your just lucky and u dont know how much. its like how the saying goes " when you have everything and you are comfortable you want experience what suffering is as it as a source of entertainment" . its similar to how white saviors come to third world countries and pretend to help
TOMY.BEBOP (2 months ago)
Lmao you mean how America, as well as other industrialized societies, forgot about proper tounge resting posture and swallowing.
Kannör Kallingzvörth (1 month ago)
TOMY.BEBOP (1 month ago)
summer rapid-fire lightning speed brief explanation 1. processed foods/non-tough foods of today make one forget how to properly position their tounges when swallowing, as well as resting. resulting in the development of your teeth, and just overall fave symmetry/attractiveness,, becoming compromised(do some independent research on proper tongue posture, you'll be amazed. 2. the remains of all ancient civilization, notwithstanding the serious amount of tooth lost from a lifetime of usage in tool making, eating/foraging, etc, have absolutely perfect maxilla/facial development because they did not have easily ingestable foods like yogurts, and jus t in general fast foods that dont requre a lot of 'work' to eat. im far too lazy to explain what has been a rapid hole of discoveries about facial development and the fucked autonomy of our bodies due to industrialized, unatural factors.
LeoDahVee (1 month ago)
Please explain
dbsirius (2 months ago)
It's an illusion?
kimi (2 months ago)
The video about pretty teeth is narrated by a Brit. How ironic.
hans klok (1 month ago)
he is not british
Daha Solomon (1 month ago)
Bloomberg That maybe so, but his accent is still British.
ThisJustin (1 month ago)
Nowerdy exactly 😂😂😂
theo tryhard (1 month ago)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12054216/Americans-do-not-have-better-teeth-than-the-British-study-concludes.html https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/british-teeth-arent-that-bad-american-teeth-are-far-worse/ http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150602-do-the-british-have-bad-teeth
theo tryhard (1 month ago)
Brits actually have better teeth than Americans check the stats, its called free healthcare.
296k (2 months ago)
Cameron O. (1 month ago)
*Brushing and braces
Glossy Gloss (2 months ago)
Not just bleaching, but teeth alignment and reshaping are two other factors...
John Edward Jones (2 months ago)
Not just pretty teeth but oral hygiene supports overall health. As I travel outside of country people know I am American in part of the have not talked me because of my straight white teeth. However, from time as kid, it was about being healthy not that I don't like the look. At least two exams a year for most of my life.
cairo (1 month ago)
Americans are not spending the most for hygiene, but for teeth whitening. As you can learn it from the video. 20% of US people have no teeth at all above 65.
Habrid O'Young (1 month ago)
woah no need to go that far with your harsh comment don't be so mean
dododo baba (1 month ago)
what's the point of having good teeth with such terrible communication skills?
Pito Licker (1 month ago)
im so lost.....
Young Tang (2 months ago)
Folks, Use the Hydrogen Peroxide 3% tropical solution as mouthwash. I’ve been using it for 16 years and not a tiny cavity developed. So no additional dental costs. You can thank me later. Not to mention Hydrogen Peroxide is dirt cheap to keep your teeth white and it keeps you from getting sick as well.

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