A bite-sized history of dentistry

Humanity’s long quest for a pearly white smile has produced everything from jewelled Maya tooth implants to ivory dentures given as a wedding present. Emily Scott-Dearing introduces Charlotte Hodgman to seven of the most fascinating objects from a Wellcome Collection exhibition on the history of teeth

N Dubois de Chémant demonstrating his own, and a grotesque female patient's false teeth, to a prospective male patient with grossly disfigured teeth. (Wellcome Collection)

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