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A tooth belonging to one of the most iconic musicians of all time is set to be displayed in Bristol.

Michael Duk, a collector, who bought the tooth at auction for £19,000, has agreed to lend the rather bizarre artefact to a Bristol dentist to mark Mouth Cancer Action Month. Having bought the tooth, Mr Duk decided to transform part of it into a DNA necklace, which was designed by Hollywood jeweller, Ari Soffer. The necklace, which has been valued at around $25,000 will be temporarily displayed at Clifton Dental after dentist, Dr Neil Gerrard, managed to secure its loan.

Dr Gerrard is hoping that the presence of the DNA tooth necklace will help to raise awareness of mouth cancer, as November is Mouth Cancer Action Month. On November 21st, Dr Gerrard and his team will be inviting patients and local residents to come and see the unique piece of jewellery and to undergo mouth cancer screening at the same time. Free checks will be available on the day and participants will also have the chance to wear the necklace and have their photo taken with this quirky piece of Beatles memorabilia. 

Dr Gerrard said that the necklace is designed to catch people’s attention, but also to encourage them to get involved in Mouth Cancer Action Month, which is a really important campaign. Mouth cancer rates are increasing at an alarming rate in the UK, and sadly, survival rates are stalling because many people are unaware of the symptoms and risk factors. Bringing John Lennon’s tooth to Bristol is a means of encouraging patients to visit the practice and to learn more about mouth cancer to boot.

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