CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Silent, Black & White
This circa 1930s silent dental film throws at the viewer a potpourri of instructional techniques and tactics: blackboards, plaster casts and models, x-rays, exhibition displays, a projector projecting film footage, a tour of a laboratory, and more. It seems deliberately haphazard, and hearkens to an era before the conventions of educational film-making have been established. Transferred to NLM from the American Dental Association some 30 years ago, Ask Your Dentist is what’s known as an orphan film, its origins unclear. In a 1935 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, it’s advertised as “Excellent for high school and adult groups”…Read the Essay
Stills from Ask Your Dentist
In “the visual instruction room,” a boy watches a film-within-a-film with his dentist. On screen are plaster models of teeth.
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Dental Infection and Systemic Disease by Russell L. Haden, M.A., M.D.
Sawing through a model of a molar to illustrate the concept of the cross-section.
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Digitized Films on Dentistry at the National Library of Medicine