• November 24, 2011
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Ever wondered what your dentist would be doing if they were not a dentist or if they harbour some unexpected talent, just waiting to be discovered? Well, these dentists make my top 5 for their own talents, eccentricity or just for being a part of ‘something bigger’ than dentistry! Not all of them are real dentists and some of them are not even real people but we won’t let that get in the way of a good story… If you have anyone to add to the list, feel free to comment and I can then compile a ‘people’s choice’ of the most famous dentists.

5. Dr Alban-Alban Uzoma Nwapa-originally from Nigeria, studied dentistry in Sweden, became a famous Eurodance DJ and producer in 1992, even spreading the message of good oral health through his music, like in his song “Go to the dentist”.

4. John Henry “Doc” Holliday – Dentist and American Folklore icon, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral participant

3. Miles Henry DavisA Dentist and father to Miles Davis one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century (picture). Miles Snr bought his son his first trumpet and arranged lessons for him. The story goes that he chose the trumpet as an instrument for Miles Jnr, most likely to irk the boy’s mother who preferred the piano.

2. Herbie, the Elf from Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 Holiday TV show), wanted to be a dentist.

And of course, who could forget

1. Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. (Steve Martin) – Little Shop of Horrors (1986 film) and the “Dentist Song”.

Have a great week!

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh
About The Author

Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Catherine-Anne is a New Zealand-qualified dentist. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Sydney University and she has a broad range of experiences from working in both the public and private sector.


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