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Hermey the Elf

The Rankin-Bass special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas staple. When it premiered on December 6, 1964, it introduced the most famous dentist of the holiday season: Hermey the Elf.

Based on an acquaintance of screenwriter Romeo Muller, the shy, fish-out-of-water Hermey the Elf eschews the life of an artisanal toy maker for a career in dentistry. While initially rejected by the other elves for his tooth-saving ways, Hermey eventually succeeds in gaining acceptance. This is a lucky turn of events, as there must be a great need for oral health services at the North Pole—a diet of milk and cookies does not a healthy smile make. That is, unless elven magical powers include immunity to dental disease.

Hermey never becomes a certified dentist in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. So, in 2014, the American Dental Association appointed him a D.D.G. (Dental Do-Gooder) for decades of promoting a positive image of dentists and dentistry.

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