10 Horrifying Tools Used Throughout The History Of Dentistry
Quick survey: raise your hand if you’re scared of going to the dentist. Don’t worry, there’s nothing to be ashamed of in admitting it! I know I tend to avoid making my regular check-up appointments when I get too anxious about how much pain they might inflict.

But as scary as modern tools and techniques might seem, they are so much more evolved than the stuff people relied on back in the early days of dental hygiene. In fact, the official profession — including training — didn’t come around until the eighteenth century. Before that, as the American Dental Association explains, folks from the Middle Ages counted on two groups of barbers: “…surgeons who were educated and trained to perform complex surgical operations, and lay barbers, or barber-surgeons, who performed more routine hygienic services including shaving, bleeding and tooth extraction.”

That’s some grim stuff! Scroll down to see the frightful tools that have been used for dentistry throughout history.