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Chattering mandibles, spooky skulls and pliers for teeth—a look at the National Museum of Dentistry


BALTIMORE, Md. (CIRCA) - Floss lately?

Probably not, and you’re not alone. But one museum is making sure you know why you should and where the practice came from in the first place.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the National Museum of Dentistry is located at the first college of dentistry in the world. The University of Maryland School of Dentistry can trace its roots all the way back to 1840, when the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was founded.

The museum stands as a testament to dental practice and progress.

“In eventually the 1980s, the dentists wanted to create something that really appreciated their history and their evolution at that time,” said Patrick Cutter, research associate at the museum.

Between the creepy clamps, skulls, over-sized dentures and suspended operating chairs, the toothy exhibit houses over 40,000 instruments and objects related to dental practice.

From animal teeth to one of the first X-ray tubes, audiences can experience the journey of teeth through time.

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