Exhibition with bite Sci & Tech ... Print comment Dentist's chair with treadle drill, ca 1900 Model for school dental care programme of the 1960s-70s. The "tooth aunties" used him to teach children how to clean their teeth. Left: The mouth gag held the patient's mouth open during full anaesthetic. Centre: Forceps for drawing teeth have been known since antiquity. Right: Twisting the dental key would extract a tooth. Gold and gold leaf for fillings, 1916 Model set of teeth, made of lead and brass, early 20th century. The model was probably used to treat fractured jaws. St Apollonia, plaster, Germany, 19th century. She became popular in Europe as the patron saint of people with toothache and those treating them in the 14th century. She was canonised by the pope in the 17th century. Mouthwashes have been around since antiquity. They protect against toothache, tooth loss and bad breath. Various methods are used today when small children complain of toothache. Left: Rattle with piece of red coral, which the child can chew on, ca 1810. Centre: "Dentinox" tooth gel, Germany, 1950s. Right: Teething pendant made of iris root, also known as "violet root". This content was published on December 8, 2010 7:58 PMDec 8, 2010 - 19:58 All pictures: Jürg Stauffer / Institute and Museum of the History of Medicine of Zurich University Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!