King of Rock'n'Roll's crown visits dentist

11:39am Wednesday 28th May 2014

By Aime Williams

A dental crown worn by Elvis Presley was brought to Bounds Green on Thursday to raise awareness of mouth cancer.

Brightside Dental Practice was the only London dental practice to receive the false tooth, nicknamed “The King’s Crown”, as it toured the nation.

The practice carried out free mouth cancer screenings and patients were photographed with the crown and sung to by an Elvis impersonator.

Elvis’s crown was made by the star’s former dentist, Henry J Weiss, and is currently owned by Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who bought it for £6,500.

Mr Zuk, who also owns John Lennon’s teeth, said: "If you're going to buy teeth you're going to buy the most famous teeth in the world, yeah?”

Ketan Shah, a dentist at Brightside Practice, said the day was a fun one, but the underlying message was serious.

He said: “People often aren’t aware of mouth cancer because they don’t have any pain or problems. When there are symptoms, the cancer is often at a later stage, but the risks can be reduced hugely if it’s caught at an early stage.”

Mr Shah said the cancer is more common in smokers, heavy drinkers, and people with poor diets, but can affect anyone, including young people.

He added: “If we can even help one person it will be worth it.”

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