The Prevention Gallery

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!

Image of Doll House Dental Cabinet

Discover how the focus of dentistry has changed from extraction to prevention, witness how toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouthwashes have evolved from a chew stick to what is in your bathroom, and revisit catchy commercial jingles for dental products on the world’s only Tooth Jukebox.


Toothbrushes – From Mickey Mouse to Fred Flintstone, and rotating heads to pig bristles, discover what famous cartoons became toothbrushes and what some toothbrushes were actually made of.

Tooth Jukebox – A jukebox like no other in the world, revisit commercials and jingles for dental products from some of the biggest names in the business.

Her Majesty’s Crowns – A collection of dental instruments used by Sir Edwin Saunders, the first dentist to be knighted, on Her Majesty Queen Victoria of England.

To the left: American Cabinet Company. Doll House Dental Cabinet. 1930-1933.


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