Our prized pearly whites have been gracing song stanzas long before smiling selfies were cool. But did you know oral health is the muse behind many popular lyrics? Here are 2 of our favorite smile-inspired stories.
The Beatles, “Savoy Truffle”
Written by George Harrison, this song pays homage to his pal, Eric Clapton. Apparently, Clapton had a chocolate addiction that contributed to his poor dental health. Eating too many sweets can cause tooth decay and lead to other dental problems. To Clapton’s dismay, there was an extended period of time where he consumed nothing but chocolate. His favorite was Good News by Mackintosh—a popular box of chocolates in the 1960s.
In addition to discovering this box of chocolates on Clapton’s coffee table, Harrison also found the lyrics to the song. Here’s a taste:
“Crème tangerine and Montelimar
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
A coffee dessert, yes, you know it’s good news
But you have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle”
Though chocolate is one of the best sweets for your teeth, we still recommend enjoying all treats in moderation.
Joe Jonas, the lead singer of DNCE, described their song, “Toothbrush,” as capturing the moment a relationship moves to the next level.
He explained, “Leaving a sweatshirt is understandable, but a toothbrush is a statement.” Joe also expressed the morning breath factor: “If you really think about it, no one wants morning breath. And you’re obviously staying over quite a bit—I mean, no one has more than one toothbrush, right?” Check out some of the song’s lyrics:
“’Cause I just, I just can’t let you go
Give me something I never know
So baby you don’t have to rush
You can leave a toothbrush
At my place”
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