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Queen Victoria and Dental Hygiene

In the 19th century England's reigning monarch was grooming her teeth with a set of personal oral hygiene instruments. During the Victorian period they were very hygiene-oriented. Men carried toothpicks and women carried chatelaines (decorative hooks) with toothpicks on them. If you had the money you had your own set of scalers to take to the dentist with you.” With their mother-of-pearl handles and gilded crown ornamentation, Victoria's instruments were truly fit for a queen!



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