Teeth in Popular Culture

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public Monday, September 2nd, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September, 3rd at our normal time. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Andy Warhol's Saint Apollonia 331

Witness amazing teeth feats, marvel at unique cultural teeth traditions, and trace what humans have done to their teeth throughout history.  Learn how important smiles are for recognizing people, watch unbelievable “teeth feat” performances, and realize how teeth have made their way into popular culture for centuries.


The Smile ExperienceTM Logo‌‌The Smile Experience® – Compare hollywood smiles to smiles around the world, capture your best smile and display it with our Smile Cam, and explore the development of aesthetic dentistry.

Hollywood Dentists – Watch movie clips with teeth storylines and learn about some pretty teeth-centric individuals.

Traditional Tooth Ornamentation – See how different cultures have viewed what makes teeth beautiful.

Andy Warhol’s St. ApolloniaAfter refusing to renounce her Christian faith, the Roman Empire extracted all her teeth.  In 300 A.D. she became a saint and in 1984 Warhol made her a work of art.

To the left: Andy Warhol. Saint Apollonia 331. 1984.


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