Oral history: how Tick Begg revolutionised braces and made 1920s Adelaide ‘the orthodontic centre of the world’

A South Australian museum honours the man who changed the way dentistry was done ‘on a global scale’

In medieval Europe, barber-surgeons might cut your hair, shave your face, do a bit of blood-letting and tend to a broken limb.

They might also pull a tooth out with a “pelican” – a crude beak-like shank – or lever it out with an iron “tooth key”. By the 17th century they might just knock it out with a steel punch elevator.

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​A South Australian museum honours the man who changed the way dentistry was done ‘on a global scale’In medieval Europe, barber-surgeons might cut your hair, shave your face, do a bit of blood-letting and tend to a broken limb.They might also pull a tooth out with a “pelican” – a crude beak-like shank – or lever it out with an iron “tooth key”. By the 17th century they might just knock it out with a steel punch elevator. Continue reading… 


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