Teeth at the Wellcome Collection

This weekend my inner geek was satisfied when I got to explore the new Teeth exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London. 

A longer version of this article can be found in the Summer edition of DentalTown UK Magazine

The exhibition, which has been open since 17th May, was inspiring by Richard Barnett's The Smile Stealers (a copy of which I grabbed from the gift shop afterwards and I'll be sure to blog about once I've finished!). 

There were over 150 objects on display from letters to the Toothfairy to historic dental chairs. I was surprised how busy the exhibition to be honest... Teeth are pretty niche! 

Dental chair of the mid 20th century
Below: Phantom heads used to be a little bit creepier and Public Health messages still sound pretty familiar today! 

As well as objects, there were interactive displays which showed public health videos promoting oral health from America and the UK post war. The exhibition displayed the history of dentistry, the development of dentistry through the NHS as well as current practices and issues with oral health such as the child GA crisis for tooth extractions. 

One of my favourite parts was the display of letters to the tooth fairy from real patients! I would definitely recommend the exhibition and the Wellcome collection in general which I have previously visited several times. Their gift shop is definitely one of the best museum gift shops in London!

The exhibition runs until the 16th of September so make sure you don't miss out! To find out more visit the Wellcome Collection

Have you visited Teeth? Which was your favourite object? Let me know in the comments below. 

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