Video: Leeds dentist has John Lennon’s tooth

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It’s a piece of musical history straight from a Beatles legend’s mouth - and no, you’re not imagining it!

Visitors to Farsley Dental Practice were invited to gum together to brush up on their oral health knowledge, with the help of John Lennon himself.

Part of John Lennon's tooth, which is encased in a necklace, visits Farsley Dental Practice. PIC: Simon Hulme

Part of John Lennon's tooth, which is encased in a necklace, visits Farsley Dental Practice. PIC: Simon Hulme

The clinic - which has several Beatles superfans on its patient register - marked a week celebrating 50 years of Beatlemania by exhibiting a real fragment from the legendary singer’s tooth.

The original piece of oral - and aural - history recently fetched £19,000 at auction.

It was bought by Michael Zuk, author, dentist-to-the-stars and obsessive collector of celebrity teeth.

The tooth had been in the family of Lennon’s former house keeper Dot Jarlett.

Lennon had given it to her to dispose of sometime between 1964 and 1968, but then suggested she keep the tooth to give to her daughter, who was a big Beatles fan.

Part of the tooth was later turned into a ‘DNA necklace’ made by famous Beverley Hills jewellery designer Ari Soffer.

This week, Farsley Dental Practice has borrowed the unusual piece of jewellery to highlight the risks of mouth cancer, and encourage people to get checked out.

And to tie in with the enduring appeal of the Beatles, the clinic hosted an exhibition of Fab Four memorabilia owned by avid collector and patient Keith Lowe.

Mr Lowe said: “Last year I lost a very good friend to cancer, so the more we can do to make people aware, the better it is. I think that it’s exactly the thing that John Lennon would have wanted, to help people”.

Asked if he thought The Beatles had good dental health, he added: “They were very photogenic. But I don’t know anything about the condition of their teeth. I just know about their music!”

Dentist Jon Swarbrigg explained the clinic has been trialling a new piece of equipment, made in Ilkley, which uses a fluorescent light to pick up early symptoms of mouth cancer. He said the awareness campaign targeted people over 55, who grew up in The Beatles’ heyday.