What teeth say about social inequalities

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In a book published this month in France, journalist Olivier Cyran investigates the country’s dental care system and the social inequalities of access to treatment, which can cause lifelong suffering and stigma for those excluded. Faïza Zerouala reports.

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In his book Sur les dents – Ce qu’elles disent de nous et de la guerre sociale (roughly translatable as ‘What teeth tell us about ourselves and the social war’), French journalist Olivier Cyran examines the issues around the exclusion the worst-off in society from access to proper dental care, who often cannot afford even basic treatment, and whose lives are blighted by their situation.