Before dentures were made with human teeth, false teeth were commonly carved from hippopotamus, walrus, or elephant ivory. The ivory rotted more quickly than human teeth, however. To get the teeth, plunderers would wander battlefields with pliers, looking for fallen men. Dentists would then advertise that their Waterloo Teeth came from healthy soldiers, as opposed to executed criminals, old corpses, or even animals—other possible sources of denture teeth during that time.
Written by Curiosity Staff June 5, 2015
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