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Tooth and nothing but the tooth

Exhibition explores the pursuit of the perfect smile

Napoleon's toothbrush, Queen Victoria's dental kit and primitive dentistry tools are 150 objects on show as part of a new exhibition in London.

From folk remedies and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Teeth tells the tale of man's pursuit of a pain-free mouth and the perfect smile.

The Wellcome Collection's exhibition, Teeth, runs from May 17 to September 16 and includes a pedal-operated 19th century drill, a spittoon, dentures made from hippopotamus ivory, tooth-whitening kits, and early toothbrushes made from hog hair and badger hair.

Visitors will also see a 19th century barber-surgeon chair, for patients to sit in while enduring - with a razor and other crude tools - limb amputation and teeth pulling as well as hair trimming.

 

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