Q: Prior to 1867, this task was taken care of by a variety of people including farmers, druggists, candy makers, gunsmiths or blacksmiths. What was it?
A: Teeth Pulling/Dentistry
The Ontario Dental Association with the direction of Barnabus Day, helped put through An Act Respecting Dentistry through to legislation.
In towns, wagon makers, druggists, candy makers, gunsmiths and blacksmiths frequently offered to pull teeth on their premises, in additional to their usual trade. Hygiene was never a priority. Teeth were usually removed by a device called a turn-key, which was used until the mid-1880s in Canada. It was later replaced by the forceps.
The petition had the signatures of 68 dentists, 25 physicians, a pharmacist, a judge and the mayor of Toronto. An Act Respecting Dentistry received third reading in the Ontario legislature March 3, 1868.
Image-Murphy the Molar Government of Ontario Website