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Dentistry in Elizabethan Times

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Jenny Lee

on 5 February 2014

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Transcript of Dentistry in Elizabethan Times

To remove stubborn stains off their teeth they rub them with a mixture of powdered pumice stone, brick and coral. They did not know this was actually damaging their teeth.

Bad breath was treated with water and vinegar then washing the mouth out with a mixture of anise seeds, mints, and cloves soaked in wine.
If wealthy people's teeth were lost poor people would sell their teeth. If there was no human teeth available, they would use teeth of sheep, dogs, goats, and baboons.
When people would donate teeth the dentist would pull tooth after tooth until he found the right fit for his patients mouth.
The tools used at the dentist were pliers, keys with claws (dislocated the teeth), pelicans (dragged the tooth out sideways), and an instrument used to pull out the roots.
Dentistry in Elizabethan Times
Everyday care consisted of washing them three times a day with a wooden pick.
But for rich people these picks weren't fancy enough so they covered them in silver and gold and carried them in bejeweled cases.
They used small pencil like rolls which had powdered minerals in them. This also was damaging their teeth very badly by removing the enamel.
They used toothpaste that was made of honey, ash, powdered rabbits head, pomegranate peel, and red peach blossom.

"Elizabethan Teeth." Elizabethan Teeth. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.
"Dental Care in Elizabethan Times Dentistry in Shakespeare's Time." Docstoc.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.
By: Jenny Lee, Hannah Collinge, and Kailee Jacobs.
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