When I was a child in the 70s I would stay with my grand parents and read children's sci fi. They had a particular book containing a collection of short stories one of which was about a human guy whose job was to fly around space cleaning the teeth of giant space creatures. He was so small in comparison to the giant aliens teeth that he was no bigger than their smallest teeth.

Can anyone let me know if they know the story, author or the collection of stories?

I would love to find this book again.

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    Hi, the dentist was human, not alien. The reason I used orthodontist was a vague (possibly/probably incorrect) recollection that the word was used in the title of the short story. Thanks tho, I didn't know the difference 😊 – owen wright Dec 29 '18 at 11:08

Piers Anthony's novel Prostho Plus is a fix-up of his series of short stories about a prosthodontist named Dr. Dillingham who is abducted by aliens and forced to travel around the universe fixing the teeth of various alien monsters.

One of those short stories, "In the Jaws of Danger", appeared in an anthology called Young Extraterrestrials which featured a picture of Dr. Dillingham on the cover, working on a giant tooth, but that came out in 1984, too late to be the book you're thinking of.

You can read some of the Dr. Dillingham stories for free at the Internet Archive:

"In the Jaws of Danger", If, November 1967.

"Getting Through University", If, August 1968.

"None but I", If, October 1969.

"Monarch", If, November-December, 1970.

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  • The story was indeed prostho plus! Thank you for your help. I'm just looking for the collection of short stories this was a part of now. A collection of sci fi shorts for kids that is, not a collection of dental scifi. – owen wright Dec 29 '18 at 11:38
  • @owenwright: goodreads.com/book/show/2324166.Extraterrestrials was where I encountered it first. – FuzzyBoots Jul 23 '19 at 9:20

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