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Museum celebrates dental care through the ages
Updated: 10/2/2008 2:00:31 PM

Museum celebrates dental care through the ages A museum open to the public for one week each October aims to educate people about how dental care has progressed during the past 150 years.

The Dentistry Museum at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry is curated by Dr Stan Harn, who has been collecting artifacts related to the profession for around 30 years, KHAS-TV reports.

He told the news provider that the exhibits focus on dental care - such as braces, teeth cleaning and dental checkups - during each decade from the 1850s to the present.

"Surprisingly, when you look at some things, they have not changed much," he remarked. "You look at other things and … you just cannot believe it."

For example, the 1920s dental hygiene exhibit shows that x-ray machines from that time period used exposed wiring that carried 60,000 volts.

"There were known to be some accidents that happened … because of that exposed wire," Harn explained.

Some other items on display may cause people to be grateful that they live in an age in which the vast majority of dental care procedures are pain-free.

A variety of anesthesia, sedative and relaxation techniques are used by modern dentists to ensure a patient has a comfortable experience during their visit.

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