US Museum Shows History of Teeth and Dentist Tools
Most people do not look forward to going to the dentist.
But they might actually enjoy visiting an American museum that explores the history of teeth and dentistry.
The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry is at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.
It was the world's first college to train dentists.
A man named G.V. Black was one of the founders of modern U.S. dentistry in the 1800s.
Visitors to the museum can look at a reproduction of Black's dentist office.
When he treated patients, he had no electricity for light.
So his office, like many others, had large windows.
Chairs for patients often faced south to help dentists work by sunlight.
Patrick Cutter is a researcher at the museum.
"What we're looking at here is kind of an early idea of what a dentist office would have looked like. But most of the time a dentist would have actually just been a traveling dentist, so he would have went from town square to town square."
With more than 40,000 items, the museum contains one of the largest dental collections in the world.
Visitors can see some of the tools used by earl