Filth, putrescence, and utter revulsion are probably not the words that come to mind when considering the pursuit of pearly whites. However, if you were to take a trip back in time, you would find that the desire to have sparkling teeth was the catalyst to some seriously disgusting ways people took care of their smiles.
It is no surprise that people fear the dentist given their proclivity to cause pain. But, if people had even the slightest inkling of the history of that profession, they would probably run away screaming. (Although some people still do that anyway.) The truth is, dentistry was just as much a “practice” as modern day medicine. However, the historic methods of such practice will turn anybody’s stomach. Check out these weird dental practices from the past.