Quick Fix: Chopper Checking

29 May 2013 Sophie Quick

Quick Fix: Chopper Checking

Illustration by Michael Weldon

Dear Quick Fix, 

I am a hard-working and ambitious young professional with a crowded set of maxillary incisors. Since I am very busy and time-poor – always rushing between lunch meetings, presentations and networking events – I’ll often use the camera in my iPhone to check if there’s food between my teeth. When I do this in public, I sometimes get weird looks from people. But when I don’t do it, I get weird looks from colleagues and clients (I once delivered a full PowerPoint presentation with a whole leg of lamb wedged betwixt my left lateral incisor and my maxillary canine). Is it acceptable to use the camera in your phone to check if there’s food in your fangs? Fanquiry 


Dear Fanquiry

Before smart phones were invented, the only way people could check if there was food in their teeth was by peering at their reflections in lakes, ponds and stagnant water puddles. Sadly, danger was a constant companion for the tooth-conscious and many people face-planted on mating mosquitoes or drowned after falling into the water and snagging their incisors on algae. Those were some tough millennia, but now it’s the 21st century and we can be grateful for the camera-phone technology that keeps us safe. Of course it’s fine to use your iPhone to check your choppers – your forebears would have wanted it this way. And don’t be shy about using your smart phone on the train to really get to know your tonsils, either. Quick Fix