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"Murder House"


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The ‘murder house’

For primary schoolchildren, few sights provoked more fear than the appearance of a fellow student with a note summoning you to the dental clinic or ‘murder house’, as it became commonly known, due most likely to fillings being done without the use of local anaesthetic during the early days of dental care.




Dental clinics were often decorated with butterflies and bees made out of cotton swabs, paper bibs and dental floss. Children visiting the dental nurse for the first time were allowed to take one home, and the toys were also sometimes given to young patients after a tooth was filled. This butterfly was made in 2019, and was very similar to those decorating the school and mobile clinics of dental therapists around the country.



The instructions are pretty easy!
Take two cotton rolls and put couple of pieces of gauze in between them and tight them at each end with dental floss! Then paint the face with felt pen. 









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