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All About the Grinch’s Teeth

Monday, December 14th, 2015

all about the grinchs teeth

You’ve likely heard of, seen, or read How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Christmastime classic features one of the most well-known and memorable protagonists, a grouch living in Whoville called the Grinch. Arguably, the Grinch is one of the most well-known characters created by Dr. Seuss.

Living high up on a mountain with his dog Max, the Grinch hates Christmas and everything that comes with the holiday season.

The Grinch appeared in the comic and in Seussical the Musical, a sort of combination of Seuss’s most famous books, where he was played by Patrick Page. More famously, in 2000, in the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim Carrey played the infamous role of Mr. Grinch.

Not-So-Nice Teeth: An Anti-Hero with a Scheming Smile

One could say that the Grinch is sneaky, grumpy, sly, foul-smelling, heart-lacking, and downright cruel…but his teeth aren’t so nice, either!

The Grinch’s teeth have been a much-talked about point of discussion, being that in Seuss’ book, published in 1957, his teeth do not show. Yet in the comic, he has a horrible smile, and in the movie with Carrey, his smile is enough to make viewers squirm!

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), to get Carrey to have such a horrible smile, and for him to look so mischievous and mean, it was no easy feat. In fact, it took Carrey about 3-8 hours to apply his makeup for the role…each and every day on set! It’s said he was so uncomfortable in the skin he was required to put on, he needed help from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistant techniques so that he could cope while filming.

The set of teeth he wore were made to look like gnarled and dirty “animal teeth.” They were misaligned, very yellow, and it appeared that the Grinch had surely never flossed! Kind of hard to believe these fake teeth were later auctioned off!

Carrey’s false teeth were part of the reason why Carrey spoke the way he did in the movie, with some thinking his words had a “Sean Connery-like” quality to them, as reported by Jim Carrey Online. Besides the overall suit and makeup discomfort he experienced, there was so much makeup on Carrey he really couldn’t breathe through his nose. Talk about dedication to the role!

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch…”

While the Grinch undoubtedly had a smile that could send shivers down your spine, it’s also debated whether or not the Grinch had a termite problem…in his mouth, that is! Thanks to “The Grinch Song” from the comic, there is a theory that says the Grinch had such poor oral hygiene that he had termites in his mouth.

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Many of us are familiar with, the lyrics say that say, “You’re a mean one, Mr Grinch…” The humorous song says that Mr. Grinch is bad banana with a greasy, black peal!

“You’re a monster, Mr Grinch. Your heart’s an empty hole. Your brain is full of spiders, You’ve got garlic in your soul…”

If you listen carefully, the famous tune even calls the Grinch vile: “You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile.”

Could This Be Why He’s So Grumpy & Why He Wants to Be Left Alone?

Not only do some swear he had termites in his mouth, but there is another theory (perhaps originating from a dentist) that the Grinch was in such a bad mood because he had such horrible teeth pain, or even TMJ. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint disorder, which is when muscles, bones, teeth, and nerves of your jaw system do not work together as they should. Maybe it was the stress he put on himself, maybe it was his poor bite, his bad habits over time, or maybe he had a serious bruxism problem that led to TMJ. We may never know!

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” 

This holiday season, we wish you and your family health, happiness and joy. Give us a call today at 513.251.5500 or visit us online to learn more about setting up your next appointment with us. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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