Why is visiting the dentist so terrifying? Trapped in his chair with the drill looming, Bruno Lawrence thinks he might know the answer. Photographs by Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg
Saturday 20 March 1999
According to the British Dental Association, nearly one-third of us will have to endure 12 or more fillings during our lives; each year five million British people go to the dentist with toothache and 1,600 die of oral cancer. So one's fears are justified.
But, as these photographs show, lying in the dentist's chair is also unsettling because it makes us feel so vulnerable. You cannot speak as your mouth is being crammed with drills and suction devices, you cannot move in case the drill slips and you cannot see anything because the lamp is blinding you.
However, like my grandmother, some people will never need to visit the dentist again - the gummy 15 per cent of adults who even in 1999 have no teeth left
Life & Style blogs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassing leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A key client in the East Midlands are re...
£21000 - £31000 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: The JobWe are looking ...
£90 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: The Job...Due to continued ...
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Supply TeachersWould you l...