Embarrassing realities: The portrayal of dentistry in reality tv ‘dentertainment’ – ADOHTA 2021

Embarrassing realities: The portrayal of dentistry in reality tv ‘dentertainment’

Dr Alexander Holden

What do portrayals of dentistry within reality TV say about our profession and the care that we provide? In this lecture, we will examine the reality TV show, “Embarrassing Bodies” and investigate how dentistry, dental professionals and oral health is presented. Whilst reality TV is often sensationalised, it cannot be too far-fetched so as to alienate the viewer from perceiving authenticity. Through this analysis, the importance of signs, symbols and meaning within this portrayal of dental disease and the tales of redemption through treatment, will be explored.