At DentaLux, we know that our patients take their dental hygiene seriously. After all, if you treat your teeth and gums well, they’ll take good care of you throughout your life. But did you know that there is an entire collection of songs about teeth? It’s true, and Ranker has even compiled The Best Songs About Teeth that you can vote on!
Teeth Songs: From the Strange to the Sublime
There’s The Beatles’ “Savoy Truffle,” a song that celebrates the delights of dessert while it warns of the detrimental effects that a steady diet of candy can have on your teeth (“A coffee dessert, yes you know it’s good news, but you’ll have to have them all pulled out after the Savoy truffle.”).
Teeth are often used in songs as metaphors, such as in Lorde’s “White Teeth Teens,” Iron & Wine’s “White Tooth Man” and Steely Dan’s “Your Gold Teeth.” Mötley Crüe’s “Punched in the Teeth by Love,” isn’t about teeth at all, but rather a bad relationship! There is nothing whatsoever metaphorical in Weird Al Yankovic’s “Cavity Search,” a comical parody of U2’ song, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.” It’s a delightful ditty that doesn’t paint a very pleasant portrait of a visit to the dentist, with lyrics like “Listen to the muzak, hearin’ people scream, sittin’ in the waiting room, readin’ crappy magazines.” It goes downhill from there. A dentist’s visit isn’t really that bad, we promise! And it’s a breeze if you take good care of your teeth.
Owl City’s “Dental Care” is a good deal more positive, and although going to the dentist still gives him the chills, he begins by admiring his “clean pearly whites.”
Some of the more interesting song titles are “Shoehorn with Teeth (They Might Be Giants), “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine” (Modest Mouse) and “My Teeth Are a Drum Set” (Paul Gilbert). There are so many songs about teeth, you can have an entire playlist to brush and floss your teeth to!
Kids’ Tooth Brushing Tunes
Why should adults have all the fun? The American Dental Association recommends “7 Toothbrushing Tunes Kids (and Parents) Will Love.” Not only are these songs about teeth — they’re catchy tunes that teach children how to brush their teeth and instruct them about the importance of dental hygiene. At the same time, they’re a lot of fun. It may be easier to get kids fully engaged in good oral health habits if it’s an enjoyable experience.
The Sesame Street crew joins in the tooth brushing fun with “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me: Brushy Brush.” This one has such a groovy beat, you might be tempted to start dancing in your bathroom.
There are other family-friendly dental hygiene songs like “This is the Way We Brush Our Teeth,” the rockabilly style “Toothbrushing Song” and the clever, creepy “Plants vs. Zombies & the ADA Present: Stop Zombie Mouth!”
Sesame Street aficionados and ‘80s music fans might remember this classic, “Kids Just Love to Brush,” a playful song that’s inspired by Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
Grab your toothbrush and your dancing shoes and get brushing!