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DENTIFRICE Tooth-pow­der or paste, which was of­ten made of myrrh, cam­phor or pumice

OP­ER­A­TOR FOR THE TEETH A per­son skilled in draw­ing teeth and in mak­ing ar­ti­fi­cial ones

PELICAN An in­stru­ment for ex­tract­ing teeth con­sist­ing of one or two beak-like prongs hinged to a shaft

TOOTH-KEY A den­tist’s in­stru­ment that turned like a key to ex­tract teeth, re­placed the pelican which was more bru­tal

TRANSPLANTING OF TEETH The poor were paid to have healthy teeth re­moved, which were then placed into wealthy peo­ple’s mouths

‘ WATER­LOO’ TEETH Den­tures made from teeth ob­tained from bat­tle­fields and also from mor­tu­ar­ies

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