Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Rock & Roll Dentist Creates 'National Root Canal Day'

Dr. Chris Kammer of Wisconsin has created National Root Canal Day:

Meet a very 'rock and roll dentist', Dr. Chris Kammer, who has proclaimed May 11th the first-ever 'National Root Canal Appreciation Day.' To kick it off, this dentist will fill a root canal, in the great outdoors, on the home plate, of his local baseball stadium.

Via PA system Dr. Kammer will demonstrate his way through a root canal procedure at the Madison Mallards collegiate league ballpark. See for more information.

"We need to hit a home run for the image of the root canal! They save millions of teeth every year and the time has come to give the much-maligned procedure the respect it deserves," says Dr. Kammer who has found some high- level backing in his hometown and state. He's received proclamations for the health awareness day from Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

Last July, Kammer's ability to unite thousands for dentistry became evident at the same ballpark when he performed his original rock and roll tooth brushing anthem -- "Get Out the Brush" -- to ignite 5,991 baseball fans into a national record-breaking frenzy of simultaneous tooth brushing. He and the crowd gave the previous record of 3,872 an easy brush-off.

"If dentists don't relate the message of modern dentistry to the public, we can expect root canals and dental visits to remain the punch line of jokes, perpetuating negative, false images of important health care," Kammer explains of his eclectic antics.

Discussions about the stereotypical dental experience are antiquated because dental treatment has gone far beyond tolerable, advancing to an enjoyable experience that is a major health benefit according to Kammer. "It's too bad the world hasn't caught up with the progress made by the dental profession."

Kammer's entertaining exploits into the world of rock and roll have led him to performances or promotions with members of Deep Purple, Garbage, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Public Enemy, and Kiss. Last summer late-night host, David Letterman, even acknowledged Kammer as "the singing dentist" in a cameo appearance.


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