London’s Blue Plaque scheme, which honours dozens of the capital’s historic residents, has been offered sponsorship by the British Dental Association, who see this as a way of helping to alleviate the nation’s oral problems.
‘Blue plaque is a significant factor in tooth decay,’ said BDA president Thomas McVitie . ‘We envisage little change to the wording of blue plaques to add health messages. For instance, ‘Samuel Pepys lived here – brush twice daily if you don’t want wooden teeth like him’.’
The BDA is also lobbying for recognition of historically important dentists, notably Queen Victoria’s personal dentist Sir Digby Robson-Hardycroft. McVitie said: ‘He was actually a very fine dental surgeon, and it’s unfortunate that his failed attempt at radical cosmetic improvement for Her Majesty in 1876 led to the glum visage that we see in every portrait after that time.’
Iggy Pop Barker