Watch Cochrane Oral Health Co-ordinating Editor, Jan Clarkson, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Following her provocative 2015 performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ‘Stop Brushing Your Teeth’, Professor Jan Clarkson, one of Cochrane Oral Health's Co-ordinating Editors, is back challenging what we think we know about looking after our teeth.  Now she reckons we should start skipping our routine scale and polish.

Should a dentist really be saying this? Well, yes! Working with Craig Ramsay (Head of Chief Scientist’s Office Research Unit) on a £3 million trial, Jan has found that there are no benefits from this routine dental treatment, or from oral hygiene instruction.

Could you live without your six-monthly clean-up? Would you pay for it if it wasn’t on the NHS? Bring your pearly whites and have your say!

After successful performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and 2016, Professor Clarkson is appearing back on stage again on Tuesday 8 August with the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in its 70th year.

Her comedy performance is intended to challenge behavioural conventions and stimulate discussion.

The show is being held from 1.50-2.50pm at New Town Theatre (Freemasons Hall, 96 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DH).

Tickets cost £8, and concessions are £6. All seating is unreserved and latecomers may not be admitted.

Book your tickets here or ring 0131 558 7272.