'Game of Thrones:' Rotten oral health of the white walkers
Indeed, we fans of the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" have not seen the white walkers in many moons ... or many seasons. Eager, we have stayed awake like Jon Snow on our Sunday Night's Watch awaiting their arrival from beyond The Wall. Yet alas, no avail. Winter is coming and dentists from here to Westeros can only hope they are getting something done about their rotten oral health ... and not executing everyone in the Seven Kingdoms.
With icy blue eyes and frozen bodies, the white walkers are a race of supernatural beings believed to only exist in myth. After decades of wandering the land, they quite frankly are not the poster? child for superb oral health. One can only imagine the ghastly bad breath those mummified mouths emit. If only their teeth were as white as their frozen flesh. But let's face it, they don't have access to great dental care beyond The Wall.
But back in our universe we do. Although tooth decay is almost 100 percent preventable, it remains the most common infectious disease in American children. Many adults have untreated tooth decay, too - 28 percent of people ages 35 to 44 and nearly 20 percent of those 65 and older suffer from at least one rotting tooth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You don't want to be like the white walkers, do you?
For the love of the seven gods, some white walkers don't even have the bottom half of their jaws - which is surprisingly similar to what happens in the extreme forms of gum disease, medically known as periodontitis.
Gum inflammation is the beginning stage of gum disease. When left untreated, the bacteria and plaque start to calcify, eroding the gum line and teeth. The inner layer of the gum and bone then pull away from the teeth to form pockets, which collect debris. As the disease progresses, these spaces deepen and the teeth's anchor no longer stays in place, thus tooth loss may occur. According to WebMD, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Like the white walkers in the show, tooth decay and gum disease are not something that not exist in myth from before the War of the Five Kings. Both diseases occur today. We don't speak Skroth, but we know that oral health care, including dental whitening options, might be necessary for the others.
Moreover, those who have poor oral hygiene habits often pass it down to the next generation, just as white walkers turn humans into wights, or reanimated corpses, raised from death to serve as their minions. Well, sort of like that.
The others, chained to immortality, may only pray that Daenerys, Queen of Dragons, free them from an eternity of halitosis. Or, that they stop at their nearest wildling inn and pick up some TheraBreath breath freshener.
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