A dentist in China performs a tooth extraction in the 1920s.
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Getting to the roots of dentistry in ancient China – it wasn’t as rudimentary as you might think

  • A forerunner to modern mouthwash was recorded as early as 94BC, while brushes appeared not much later
  • As early as the Song period, tooth powders and pastes were widespread as were dentures made from bone or ivory
A dentist in China performs a tooth extraction in the 1920s.
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