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The Clements Bookworm: Exploring Tooth Worm and Tooth Fairy Folklore with Curators from the U-M Dental School Sindecuse Museum

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In this 50th episode of The Clements Bookworm, Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry curator, Tamara Barnes discusses two enchanting characters associated with teeth – the Tooth Fairy and the Tooth Worm. Surprising and delightful beliefs from all over the world will be explored including ancient tales and modern-day superstitions. The Bookworm will meet the Tooth Worm, the mythical culprit who was believed to cause dental caries, and which was selected by student vote to be explored in a new exhibit.

Barnes will include an overview of the Museum’s mission including how it uses objects and images to make the history of oral health more relevant. A new exhibit, Teeth Transformations, explores the myriad ways people alter our teeth in order to express themselves.

Free, registration required at


December 16
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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