It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a dragon in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a dentist.
You see- for all their bluster and burning- destruction and devouring- dragons have yet to invent the electric toothbrush- and consequently have very poor oral hygiene. One point to the humans I say. Indeed it's a common theory that serious toothache is what makes dragons so narked off all the time. Thus it makes good sense to help them out with their gnashers just to ensure they don't get all agitated and torch a primary school.
Dragon dentistry however- is not something for the faint of heart, nor the flammable of composition. It takes a special kind of expertise to look death in the mouth- and then fix his teeth with big tweezers. This is the job of Dr Earnest Pimm & Sons professional dragon dentists. Est. 1813
Here we see a routine operation to remove a rotten tooth. Dr Pimm directs proceedings while second son Toby dons the asbestos suit (for safety) and operates the no 4 drill. Eldest son Arthur operates the saliva pump while 3rd son Anthony controls the nozzle. Of course the best way to placate a dragon while operating is to use sock puppets- a job which falls to the youngest Pimm- Maggie- who isn't technically a son but isn't worth changing all the branded stationary for either.
Wouldn't a fire breathing dragon be able to ahem, sterilize their oral aperture ?
As for the sterilization- if you want to be really geeky about it- imagine a creature that can literally breathe fire. Surely any creature with that ability can't have evolved purely in isolation? it makes sense to me that perhaps fire-resistant bacteria could also evolve in such a world? Therefore dragons would still need adequate oral hygiene! Makes perfect sense to me
I guess you just aren't familiar with dragon saliva pumps yet.
...So how was it then?
Not only is it a fun and engaging illustration with lots of colour and action. The caption is just as entertaining to read as well. The Pimm team has a quite a challenge there fixing that rotten tooth. I wonder what the audience in the distance is thinking about all this?