All About Teeth

Teeth hurt, rot, break, stain. Teeth signify: imagined as property, something to be managed or renovated, they have the power to mark us as lazy or rich, fortunate or fake. After death, they can even transmit information about our lives. For The Rumpus, Thomas Dai asks, what stories do we tell about our teeth? Dealing with sudden dental pain while living abroad, Dai writes, “I am browbeat into feeling guilty for my diet as well as my life, for all the ways I may have been too greedy, all the times I sought too much.”

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is a staff writer for The Millions. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in the Midwest, where she is a PhD student in American literature.

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