✹ About Thursday 4 January 1665/66 Colin Skyrme on 5 Jan 2019 • Link "Nt another word about poor Bess’s toothache. What did they do in those days for toothache? No modern dentistry". This below from the B.D.A. may be of some help Louise - although it pre-dates Bess's plight by some twenty years. In desperation I think teeth were pulled at annual fayres - or a good strong string and door knob at home even.... ! Operators for the teeth - British Dental Associationhttps://bda.org/museum/the-story-of-dentistry/a...Charles Allen was one of these operators and in 1685 published the first book written in English about dental treatment, The Operator for the Teeth. He provides a recipe for homemade dentifrice which includes powdered coral, rose-water and the wonderful-sounding "dragons' blood".