Do you judge a person by their appearance? I guess we all do, to some extent. It’s human nature to do so. In particular, what does a gold tooth say to you? Do you determine a person’s couth, intelligence, diligence, trustworthiness, or other personality characteristics to be deficient or substandard if they display a gold tooth in their smile? How about their culture? Is the wearer of a gold tooth a member of a culture so foreign to you that you would choose to stay away from them?
I need a crown for one of my upper eye teeth. The dentist started talking about color match, tooth whitening, and the like. I interrupted, saying I’d like to consider a gold crown. She was a little shocked by my suggestion. But after a few miniutes of conversation, she was quite engaged by the idea. As it stands right now, I’ll let her know at my next appointment what type of crown I want.
At home the story takes a hard left, headed straight for the ditch. My wife had an immediate, vigorous, vociferous, and (need I say?) negative reaction. In her estimation, a gold tooth is definitely not for a person like like me (or more properly, like her husband). She says a gold tooth is only for the socially low, the culturally bereft, the ignorant, and the slovenly. She won’t be seen with me in public or in company of her relatives if I’m sporting a gold tooth. She can’t imagine me giving my daughter’s hand in marriage or attending my son’s doctoral award ceremony if I’m flashing a gold tooth. Why would I do this to myself? How could I do this to her?
As far as I’m concerned, one gold eye tooth is an adornment akin to a piercing or a tattoo (of which I have neither). What’s the big deal?