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)

This article was first published in the June 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

Napoleon’s toothbrush

Not even the strictest cleaning regime could save the French ruler from the damaging effects of sugar

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