Barber, blacksmith or dentist?


By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 1408 GMT (2208 HKT) September 29, 2021

These widespread practices in the Wild West show how wild the times really were

Barber, blacksmith or dentist?

In 2017, the American magazine True West quoted Professor Joanna Bourke, a British historian who was interested in the history of dentistry. She says, “The excruciating toothaches, horrific extractions and barbaric tools have cast a great shadow over our dental past. ".

The methods that were used in the Old West certainly did not help to restore this bad reputation. In fact, if you needed dental treatment at the time, you had to go to the barber or the blacksmith. In fact, there were no dentists so they did it with the means at hand. Unfortunately, some of these men were so clumsy that you could end up with a dislocated or even downright broken jaw.