Originally Posted by fancylad
cleaning is a bitch. I always bleed.
You know as much as we bitch about the dentist now, can you imagine what dentistry would have been like in the early 1900s? Or worse yet even earlier like the 1700s?
No luxury of anesthetic back then. Just think about it. The crude tools, the pain... apparently some people would have teeth made of wood or so my i have been told.
It was a major cause of death way back when. What I have now - an abscess - was called "gumboil" and before antibiotics, people would simply die from it. It'd get into the deep tissues, then the bone and then travel to either the heart or the brain. They'd say he "died of his teeth".