Country Living Series

Sunday, April 10, 2016

That is one SCARY dentist

Younger Daughter and I were in Spokane last week doing errands, when we passed a startling sight: a new dental office.

Obviously it wasn't the office itself that was startling. It was what they had perched on TOP the office. Namely ... a giant octopus.


Far be it for me to question the advertising tactics of a business, but I have to wonder what on earth an octopus has to do with dentistry or orthodontics. Am I missing something?


Personally I thought the overall effect was, well, terrifying -- especially if you're a little kid going to the dentist for the first time.


Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe enormous mutant red-and-pink octopi are the latest in phenomenal sales tactics for dental offices.


I certainly hope so, since they have a big one. And I can imagine they don't come cheap.

16 comments:

  1. I'm torn between the words 'strange' and 'stupid'.
    Montana Guy

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  2. I think he's a character in the new Finding Nemo movie...

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  3. Ah, you scare to easily. I think it's funny.

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  4. Yep... that's strange.

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  5. Seems to be a trend for dental advertising. There are several dentists out here in Southern California that use inflatables or people in brightly colored animal costumes. I tend to think that both 'strange' and 'stupid' would apply.

    Then again it is Southern California so your 'grain of salt' needs to be pretty big around here...

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  6. I would think it was a dive shop that went out of business and the dentist bought it. Makes it easy for people to find the correct business.

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  7. It certainly strikes me as weird. The building looks like many here in SW FL - that's also weird.

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  8. After some thought I think it is probably an advertising gimmick. Signs are hard to make visible and to get people to look at them is tough. Drive down a street and then think " what did I see there". Probably nothing.-- so, rent an octopus to put on the roof. Who could possibly miss it. I think I will look into buying one of those to rent out to new businesses .--ken

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  9. I think it's pretty cool. As a mom of 7 kids, ages 3 - 18, all of them would think it was pretty neat, including the 3 yo with a little warning beforehand. It does make me think, however, I'd rather pay less for our dental work than more with a large part of the fee going to pay for gimmicks like that.

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  10. My sister's dentist had a large reproduction of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" in his waiting room. I just don't know what the man was thinking!! SuccotashRose

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  11. Many moons ago & I'm thinking Houston,TX or coastal Maine, I spotted a sign promoting the services of Dr. Slasher (dentist). There's no way that guy would get into my mouth.

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    1. Me neither! When my dad was a kid, his dentist was Dr.Payne.

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  12. My kids would think it was cool. It definitely catches your attention!

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  13. Dentists specializing in dentistry for children trying to make their facility more appealing and fun for kids so they're not afraid. They weren't around when our kids were small, but would have probably done just what our kids are doing, taking them to the family dentist. Like a previous comment, I would rather have the fees lower than the fancy decor.

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  14. My three year old would love that! He'd be excited to go to the 'octopus dentist'. My older kids would think it's cool too. Overall I think it's a smart move on the dentist's part.

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  15. There's a dentist, Dr. Alan Nix in Terrell, TX that dresses up in a big teddy bear costume to promote his business for kids. I always thought it was creepy and low brow. Made me concerned about his level of hygiene and professionalism. But I have seen an uptick of these type of dentist offices in big cities. Some have wild animals, bright colors etc to signify their pediatric bent.

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