Photostory #48: 175 Graduate Annually: The Five Year Road to Dental School
National Film Board of Canada
March 20, 1956
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
The problem of dental caries (decay) has long puzzled observers: as early as 2700 B.C. a Chinese Emperor voiced the opinion that cavities were the work of worms. Latest findings blame the incidence of dental caries on our modern sugar-rich diet. Canada has five major dental schools, annually graduating some 175 trained dentists, to meet the problems of dental diseases which, in one form or another, affect 95% of our present-day population. Life-like dental manikin is used by this second-year student of operative dentistry to get practice in the easy use of dentist's mirror and explorer. Modern local anesthetics [sic] are boon to general practitioners.