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Dental descaling set, England, 1801-1850
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Dental descaling set, England, 1801-1850
Dental descaling set, cased, probably English, 1801-1850
Dental descaling set, cased, probably English, 1801-1850. Black background.
Work Type
Dentistry
Date
1801-1850
Location
England
Material
brass
cardboard
ivory
leather
steel
velvet
Measurements
overall: 15 mm x 63 mm x 50 mm, .06kg
Description
Dental descaling set, cased, probably English, 1801-1850
These descaling instruments were used to remove tartar and plaque from the surface of the tooth. The set contains six descalers, each with a different shaped head, which screw into the ivory handle. \n\nThese instruments are very sharp but a large amount of force was probably needed to remove deposits. This could be painful, especially if a tooth was loosened or the gums were scratched in the process. Such instruments came into more general use in the 1700s and were used by both dentists and ordinary individuals. But at a time when dental hygiene was virtually non-existent for much of the population, instruments like these were likely to be owned and used by the wealthier members of society.
These descaling instruments were used to remove tartar and plaque from the surface of the tooth. The set contains six descalers, each with a different shaped head, which screw into the ivory handle. \n\nThese instruments are very sharp but a large amount of force was probably needed to remove deposits. This could be painful, especially if a tooth was loosened or the gums were scratched in the process. Such instruments came into more general use in the 1700s and were used by both dentists and ordinary individuals. But at a time when dental hygiene was virtually non-existent for much of the population, instruments like these were likely to be owned and used by the wealthier members of society.
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ID Number
co101889
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