The Prevention Gallery

Starting Monday, March 25th, the National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public on Mondays for the summer. We will be utilizing these days to develop new exhibits and resources for the upcoming year, as well as utilizing this time to make our collection of over 40,000 objects and archival materials more accessible to the public. If you'd like to volunteer to help us with our collections or exhibitions on Mondays, please contact Patrick Cutter at 410-706-0600 or by visiting our Volunteer page.

The museum will remain open Tuesday through Friday during our normal operating hours, 9am-4pm, for walk-ins and group tours during this time. 

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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