Teeth have been a constant source of pain and problems throughout history – from rotting teeth and tooth pullers, to false teeth and the horrors of historical dentistry. In this episode we explore the history of toothpaste and the mighty toothbrush and the story behind artificial teeth implants made from ivory, bone, and even real human teeth!

And we finish up by looking at some tooth-related treatments, including spider’s webs, raven dung and a red hot iron!

Guest historian clip: Professor Glen O'Hara - Oxford Brookes University.