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The Battle of Waterloo and Dentistry

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Real teeth were used in tthe most expensive dentures and were often illegally obtained from exhumed corpses and the bodies of executed criminals (nice!).
The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 left 51,000 dead. The day after the battle a whole army of scavengers started to strip the dead of everything including their teeth. Suddenly there were  mountains of teeth flooding the London markets, making real tooth dentures more affordable.
The name ‘Waterloo teeth’ came to mean any dentures made with real teeth (as in this photo). They were very sought after as they were made with teeth supposedly taken from a brave soldier cut down in his prime.
Thankfully Claudius Ash, a silver and goldsmith invented a denture to hold Porcelain teeth in, so denture wearers no longer had to wonder about the provenance of their teeth.

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MONDAY 23rd March 2020

Yesterday the British Dental Association (BDA) issued advice to Dental Practices in the UK about the potential for spread of COVID-19 from asymptomatic patients within a Dental Practice setting.

The BDA recommends that ‘practices cease routine dentistry and operate an advice and emergency service only’. 

As our priority is the safety of our patients and our staff we are cancelling all routine appointments from today.

Following advice from the BDA we will NOT be fixing loose brackets as this creates an aerosol that could be highly infective. 

We will ONLY see the following problems :

  • If you cannot eat 
  • If you cannot close your mouth 
  • If you are getting ulcers from a long wire
  • If you have completely lost a retainer (not if it is cracked) 

If you have a problem that you wish to ask us about please send us your name, a description of the problem and a good quality photo if possible.

As soon we may only have remote access to the practice please would you contact us by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or on Instagram at lakesideortho (rather than by phone) and we will give you advice as soon as we can.

We want to take this opportunity to wish everyone well during this difficult time. We look forward to catching up with everyone after this is over and normal life resumes. 

Best wishes 

Jonty Meisner and all the Lakeside team