The tooth-worm: historical aspects of a popular medical belief

@article{Gerabek1999TheTH,
  title={The tooth-worm: historical aspects of a popular medical belief},
  author={Werner E. Gerabek},
  journal={Clinical Oral Investigations},
  year={1999},
  volume={3},
  pages={1-6}
}
  • W. Gerabek
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Geography
  • Clinical Oral Investigations
Abstract The concept of a tooth-worm, which according to popular belief, caused caries and periodontitis, has existed in diverse cultures and across the ages. During the Enlightenment, however, the theory of the tooth-worm was assigned by medical doctors almost exclusively to superstition. Even so, the idea that toothache was caused by gnawing worms held on even into this century. There were many different ideas with regard to the appearance of tooth-worms. In England, for instance, it was… 

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