Thursday, 4 September 2014

Bloodletting, Bone Brushes, And Tooth Keys: White-Knuckle Adventures In Early Dentistry

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With all those gleaming, stainless-steel tools readied for painful prodding, few people look forward to visiting the dentist. But modern dentistry is a walk in the park compared with archaic methods of treating oral maladies: Be glad you're not seeking treatment for mysterious 'tooth worms' or using dentures filled with the syphilitic teeth of dead soldiers.

The science of dentistry and oral health wasn't fully understood until quite recently, so Collectors Weekly took a look at the experimental techniques and failed treatments of the last few thousand years.

(thanks Hunter)

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