Dentistry during the First World War
At the start of the First World War there were no dental services for the armed forces. When General Haig suffered toothache and there was no dentist to help him the War Office took notice.
By December 1914 there were 20 dentists serving on the Western Front. Poor oral health and hard ration food ensured soldiers were demoralised and unfit for duty.
Explore our small temporary exhibition where you can see an army dental chair and sets of vulcanite dentures worn by millions of soldiers.