What's at the root of our tooth anxiety? (Oct. 16)

From those "teeth falling out" dreams to fear of the dentist, we do a lot of worrying about our pearly (or not-so-pearly) whites. So why all the anxiety about teeth? We'll drill into it this week.

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If a stranger came up to you on the street and asked you to look into your mouth, would you say yes? What if that stranger was Sook-Yin Lee, and she had a microphone? Tune in to see who opens wide, and who doesn't.

A perfect set of pearly whites... that's the image we're sold in commercials. Everyone's supposed to want that. But what if you don't? Lisa Rundle tells us her story of orthodontic rebellion.

Raina Telgemeier has a lot of experience saying "ahhh." When she was eleven years old,
she had an accident that led to four-and-a-half painful years of extreme dental treatment.
And she turned her traumatic tooth experiences into a graphic novel called Smile. She'll tell us why the experience was so life-altering, and how it inspired her art.

Lots of people dislike going to the dentist because of concerns about physical pain. For Erik White, it was more about hurt feelings than hurt gums. He'll tell us about his falling out with his childhood dentist.

So what's fear of the dentist like from the other side? Sook-Yin sits down in the reclining chair to ask her dentist, Dr. Goldberg.

It's the kind of thing that sounds like an urban legend: two teenagers with braces share an innocent (okay, relatively innocent) kiss, and wind up locked together by wires. But Jean Freeman lived that particular story... and she'll tell us how she got out of it.

The Tooth Fairy may seem harmless enough... and hey, who doesn't love finding money under their pillow? But there's a lot of anxiety around the good ol' TF - mostly from the parents. Diane Flacks finds out why.

And what is it like for the kids when those chompers drop out? Sook-Yin talks with nine-year-old Max, who really just wants his two front teeth.

The one-man band known as Bahamas (a.k.a. Afie Juryanen) probably isn't the first Canadian musician to write an ode to hockey teeth. But he might be the first to write a song about hockey teeth that isn't actually about missing chiclets. Bahamas will drop by the studio to tell us what the song is really about, and play it for us.

As an adult Jennifer Gee was always a bit anxious about her smile, so she went to see an orthodontist about getting braces. He tried his best to prepare her for all the potential pit-falls
but he forget to mention one pretty important thing... something her high school students took note of. She'll reveal the one thing you really need to know when you're getting braces.

Whiter! Brighter! Straighter! Is our quest for "perfect" teeth really healthy? Kirsten Bell has a unique perspective on that, since she's an Australian ex-pat... and a cultural anthropologist. She'll tell us what she's observed about Canadian teeth, and why she thinks a dentist's office is like a church.

Most people who have bad teeth try to hide them by keeping their mouth shut, even refusing to smile. But not Jason Jones. He'll tell us the story of his painfully bad teeth, and what happened when they appeared on the front page of the biggest newspaper in Canada. (And you can check out his before and after pics.)

And here's this week's playlist:
Michael Franti - "Sound of Sunshine"
Death Cab for Cutie - "Crooked Teeth"
Evelyn Knight - "Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)"
Ellie Goulding - "Starry Eyed"
Winter Gloves - "Tooth Fairy"
KT Tunstall - "Fade Like a Shadow"
Hawksley Workman - "Hockey, The Greatest Game In the Land"
Bahamas - "Hockey Teeth" (live in studio)
Sloan - "Snowsuit Sound"
Jarmo Jalava - "Kiss Me (While I Still Have Teeth)"

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