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Streetside dentists still popular in India

These unlicensed operators are providing an essential service to the poor who can't afford to go to a clinic

CHEAP SERVICE: Allah Baksh charges just 800 rupees (S$17) for a full set of teeth, moulded and ready to fit in 30 minutes while a single false tooth sells for 50 rupees.


IGNORING noisy buses and curious onlookers, street dentist Allah Baksh plunges his hands into a patient's mouth to fit a sparkling set of dentures for US$12 in the Indian city of Bangalore.

With his plastic stool, mirror and glass cases of teeth on display, Mr Baksh is