Medieval dentistry was better than many believe

A paper by osteoarchaeologist Trevor Anderson, published in the British Dental Journal, discusses medieval dental hygiene and health, and says the practices of the time were more advanced than is popularly believed.

The wealthy had more sugar in their diets, and therefore more tooth decay, but elite physicians of the day had remedies for many dental ailments. Documents have been found indicating that they used herbal treatments for toothache and to whiten the teeth, that they knew how to do extractions and repair some facial fractures, and that they in some cases treated oral cancer surgically.