All human life is reflected in a toothy grin. Our upcoming exhibition will trace the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and with the profession that has shaped the way we live with them - or without them.
Following modern history's tireless pursuit of the pain-free mouth and the perfect smile, this is the first exhibition to look at how dentistry evolved from fairground entertainment to highly-skilled profession with many associated educational campaigns and spin-off industries.
Including beautifully illustrated treatises dating back to the early 18th century, Teeth will draw on the wealth of images, objects and artworks held in the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, supplemented by loans from key collections in Northern Europe. It will explore oral hygiene and dentistry as markers of medical progress, and vividly illustrate the enduring connections between 'good' teeth, beauty, vanity, wealth and success.