As gross as this is, the wealthy were desperate for new teeth after failed teeth whitening attempts with acidic solutions and diets higher in sugar contributed to enamel wear. Because dentistry was still in its infancy in 1815, people tried any and everything to make a quick buck off the rich.
Enter in the Battle of Waterloo, which had huge casualties on both sides. Napoleon with 25,000, Wellington had 15,000, and Blücher had 8,000 casualties, leaving behind a large grave with open mouths to pull teeth from.
Let's hope they had the decency to clean out the maggots in those dead soldiers' teeth-filled dentures because otherwise...ew.
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