Online Exhibits

Bopoto men with sharpened teeth

Gold, Gems, & Glory

Throughout history, dental modifications have established individuals' identity and perceived place in their culture. The precise origin of dental modifications is unknown, and is not specific to any geographic region, occurring around the world both simultaneously and asynchronously throughout time. Today, dental modifications continue to be an important aspect of shifting cultural identities, including traditional practices like teeth sharpening and more modern and less permanent interpretations like wearing removable grillz.

Doc Holliday, D.D.S.

Highlighting the life of the most famous dentist of the West, John Henry "Doc" Holliday, this exhibit focuses on an often-overlooked aspect of his story, his dental career. By exploring his childhood, dentistry during his lifetime, dental school requirements, and career, a new picture of Doc emerges; one that is just as necessary as the rest to his narrative. Learn how Doc earned his moniker, and why he seemingly “gave up the business of filling teeth with gold for that of filling men with lead.”

Word Cloud about Doc Holliday

Dental radiograph

Forensic Odontology: An Overview and Bite Mark Controversy

The validity of the science of forensic odontology has come into question over the last few decades, especially as DNA analysis has been more heavily relied on since the 1990s. While forensic odontological evidence can be helpful in both criminal and civil law cases, it is not a conclusive form of evidence unless coupled with other sufficient evidence. This exhibit takes a look at the history, controversy, and sucessful uses of forensic odontology.


MouthPower® helps young people discover the power of a healthy smile and the importance of oral health in a healthy life. Children learn how to brush and floss the right way, why to say no to tobacco, how to make healthy food choices, and what kinds of careers are possible in the world of dentistry. Explore Mouthie's online laboratory to learn about how to brush your teeth, what tobacco can do to your mouth and how to make healthy food choices.

Mouthie's online laboratory screenshot

Drawing of a Hippo, elephant, and rhino

The Ivory Standard

Ivory has been long a culturally and economically valuable material due to its rarity and ties to specific animals, but why did it become significant in the dental world? To answer that question, understanding where ivory comes from, how it is harvested, and then how it is made into items that have been used by people for hundreds of years is essential. Through exploring how these ivory tusks aid animals in their habitats and establish hierarchies in animal and human communities, the significance of ivory in dentistry becomes clearer.


The Magic of Teeth

For centuries, all around the world, teeth have inspired the folklore, rituals, and legends that are parts of numerous cultures. This exhibit will introduce you to the inspirations behind the Tooth Fairy, explore the mystic attributes and uses of the tooth, and the superstitions that come with teething. The Magic of Teeth will provide you with a new understanding of just how influential what's in your mouth has been throughout history.

Ghost Teeth by Manuel Ocampo


Contact Us

National Museum of Dentistry
31 S. Greene Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Patrick Cutter
Assistant Director

Phone: 410-706-0600


Dr. Scott Swank

Phone: 410-706-8704

Hours & Admission

Wed-Friday 10am to 4pm


Members, Military, UMB Community, Teachers, and Children (2 and under): FREE
Adults: $10
Seniors and Students: $5
Children (3-12): $5


Members, Military, UMB Community, Teachers, and Children (2 and under): FREE
Adults: $8
Seniors and Students: $5
Children: (3-12): $5



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