by John Mount, Woodford, QLD.
The ancient Greeks and Romans rubbed their teeth with small sticks wrapped in cloth and coated with the burnt and pulverised heads of mice, moles and rabbits, on the assumption that the toothy attributes of these small creatures would literally rub off on to the user. Other popular cleaners of the time were iron rust, pumice stone and the ashes of dogs’ teeth mixed with honey or human urine.
If the above dental ingredients turn you off, consider the effect of some of the later modern dental chemicals:
- Hexachlorophene, an antibacterial agent so potent […]