ADAQ Museum of Dentistry
A dental 'cabinet of curiosities' offering a glimpse of what it was like to practice, and receive, dental treatment. This reflection brings better understanding of oral health issues today and the dynamics of this field, at both ends of the drill.
ADAQ's Museum of Dentistry (MoD) aims to be an educational tool for dental professionals and the public on the evolution of dentistry and oral health. The need ‘to preserve the dental history of Queensland for posterity’ is also enshrined in the ADAQ’s Constitution (2.1.9) and remains a strategic objective for ADAQ.
Tracking the evolution of the art of dentistry in Queensland
Ivory dentures, terrifying extraction keys, ornate foot-powered drill engines, an 1870s Swan-armed recliner chair, a 1920s Ritter A x-ray machine, travelling cabinets packed with various equipment and preparations for dental treatment, and much more.
Our archives tell the history of dental practice, policy and education across Queensland through council minutes, publications, lecture notes and textbooks, oral health leaflets and information kits for patients.
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