And now you know…

In 1815, dentistry as we know it today was in its infancy – and the mouths of the rich were rotten. So they took teeth for their dentures from the bodies of tens of thousands of dead soldiers on the battlefield at Waterloo.

In the late 18th and early 19th Centuries “everyone was dabbling in dentistry”, says Rachel Bairsto, curator of British Dental Association’s museum in central London. From ivory turners to jewellers, chemists, wigmakers and even blacksmiths.

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4 Responses to And now you know…

  1. Padawan says:

    Well it’s nice to know that not much has changed and dentistry is still for the wealthy today like it was way back then.

  2. Bees says:

    Dad was a dentist, born in 1898 in Cedarville CA. Graduated USC in 1918. Moved to KC Mo. in 1928, moved us to small town Mo. in 1965. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and taught me to love the outdoors. He passed in 1981 and I miss him every day. He never turned down anybody that needed work done and half the town probably owed him money. I had people come up to me for years after he was gone and yank their mouth open and say “Your dad did that, and it’s still in there, he was a good mechanic.” Yes, yes he was.

  3. Waepnedmann says:

    My brother was born in Cedarville.
    Cedarville is …well, it makes Bakersfield look like a Vegas.

    I read of a trapper in the Yukon? Alaska? Who was snowed in a remote cabin and lost his teeth due to scurvy. He tired of soup, so he pulled up a floorboard, dug up some clay, took some teeth out of the skulls of various critters he had around the cabin, made molds of his gums, melted an aluminum pot and cast himself a set of choppers.
    After surviving the winter he was in town eating a steak at a restaurant and a dentist noticed the flashing of his dentures from across the room.
    The dentist traded him a set of store bought custom made dentures for the ones the trapper had made himself.
    The trapper said his homemade dentures were more comfortable and worked better than the dentist’s dentures.

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