Dentists needle Barrette over “clown nose” ban

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Is it safe … to say dentistry has changed over the years?

Fans of the 1976 thriller Marathon Man will get the winky reference in that line. There was a time in recent memory when a trip to the dentist brought dread on the order of that inflicted on Dustin Hoffman’s unfrozen teeth by a Nazi war criminal played by a dental drill-wielding Sir Laurence Olivier.