Dentistry is a complicated science requiring the skills of a trained dental care professional backed by an individual practicing good oral hygiene. Despite the facts and statistics readily available, for many, seeing is believing when it comes to learning why dental care is so important for maintaining dental health and general well-being. Fortunately, and country is filled with dental and medical museums that can help individuals open their eyes and see the light right in front of them.
Those interested in separating facts from fiction regarding dental care can find learning opportunities nearly everywhere. In New York City, individuals can sneak a peek of a set of George Washington's original false teeth at The New York Academy of Medicine on the upper West Side. Online individuals can peruse the International Toothpaste Museum (http://internationaltoothpastemuseum.blogspot.com/) to explore flavors and brands of toothpastes from around the world or review the plethora of dental health articles on 1-800-DENTIST. However, for those looking for a dental industry learning experience in person, here are some of the best American museums dedicated to the craft.
National Museum of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD
The Smithsonian Museum is a national treasure that tends to be a 'must have' visit for visitors to Washington D.C. The entire museum network includes a massive collection including multiple museums, a zoo, nine research centers and 136 million items. The organization proudly operates the National Museum of Dentistry, a dental museum filled with large collection of dental artifacts replete with Queen Victoriaâ€™s personal oral hygiene instruments, toothbrushes from the 1800s and the worldâ€™s most comprehensive collection of dental advertising poster art.
Congress has decreed that the National Museum of Dentistry is the official museum of the dentist industry and as a result the institution is home to a "40,000-object collection of dental instruments, furniture, and artwork," making the collection "...one of the largest and most significant in the world," (http://www.dentalmuseum.org/explore/collection/). Because of that acknowledgement, the museum has constructed a number of exhibits that takes dental education very seriously including "The Operatory of the Future," a high-tech dental office of the future, a two floor exhibit entitled "32 Terrific Teeth" and much more.