the Dental Records of Time
MUSEUM OF DENTISTRY
National Museum of Dentistry. Open up and say Ah!, this isnt
going to hurt at all. While this museum is just a bite instead of a feast,
where else can you find George Washingtons last tooth and dentures?
Or memorable toothpaste commercials, antique dental tools and cutting
edge displays showing cosmetic tooth fashions of different cultures
(e.g., sharpened, blackened, gold-studded)? Just watch out for those chewing
denture test machines....
On the campus of the University of Maryland, 31 S. Green Street, Baltimore,
MD 21201 (410) 706-0600. For more information: http://www.dentalmuseum.umaryland.edu/
popular myth, George Washington didnt have wooden teeth. His four
sets of dentures were made of hippopotamus bone, elephant ivory and eight
human teeth from dead people, held together with gold palates and springs.
HISTORICAL DENTAL MUSEUM
this one right before a scheduled appointment. Lots of really scary looking
dental equipment, including famous dentist Painless Parkers extracting
Broad & Allegheny at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Tel: 215-707-2816
Baby Teeth to Braces (website for kids)
A virtual dental wonderland
(Go to http://www.colgate.com/ and
then choose Kids World)
Remember getting that unrelentingly cheery corporate-sponsored educational
material in school? Well, now all that stuff is on websites. Hard to imagine
genuine 1990s kids purposely accessing Colgate Kids World instead
of Disney or Marilyn Manson websites, but if you force it down their throat,
they might find some little amusement in the games and stuff like:
For example, games like Toothman, which is basically Hangman...except
that all the words have to do with oral health and each wrong answer brings
the Plaque Monster closer to Toothman.
Brushing chart. This is a 28-day chart you can print out to remind you
to brush your teeth twice a day (adults can use also it to keep track
of lunar or menstrual cycles). Wait a minute, twice a day? You
kids have it easy some of us codgers remember
way back when expert advice was to brush four times a day. (We
also had to milk the cows and walk five miles to school through snow,
but dont get us started.)
Tooth Fairy®. Hard to imagine, but Colgate claims Tooth Fairy
as a registered trademark. Hopefully, corporate sponsorship means the
TF can leave a lot more money under the pillow. Your can fill out a form
and get an e-mail from the Tooth Fairy® Itself.