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A museum devoted to dentistry

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ven the period street scene out the window is authentic at the Dr. H. Martin Deranian Dental Museum, a re-creation of a 19th-century dentist’s office so complete it looks as if the dentist just hung up his waistcoat and left the room. The display, at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine, includes a drill operated by a foot pump, and the “key,” an extraction tool Oliver Wendell Holmes once called “a diabolical instrument of apprehension and agony.” Luckily, our dentistry services are no longer like this. Dentistry has really developed, with more advanced services and treatments being offered safely. There are also more and more dentists opening their own facilities and using the services offered by Opencare (https://www.opencare.com/blog/dental-practice-management/) to ensure they can operate more effectively and grow their practice. There are so many things that dentists benefit from now, that weren’t available years ago. That’s why this museum should be extremely interesting for those who are interested in dentistry. Maybe a tour to the museum would help them know their oral hygiene better, and if need be, consult a dentist Colorado Springs to get a checkup scheduled.

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Dentistry has a long history in Massachusetts. Three barber-surgeons were sent to Plymouth Colony as early as 1630; one died traveling in a snowstorm to see a patient with a toothache. In what was apparently the first forensic dental investigation, Paul Revere identified Dr. Joseph Warren after Warren was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill from a false tooth he had made for him.

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