Dental problems were the least of the problems of that era. Children were commonly born with cleft palates, with one leg shorter than the other or cripple. There were many common physical problems including limited vision, scoliosis, severe pock marks on the face and a wide range of visible deformities.
What is most significant to me is that people with most of these problems were relegated to the status of outcast or at best demeaning work.
It was extremely rare, maybe one in 1000 cases, where the true qualities and virtues of these individuals were allowed to develop and shine.
It is the extraordinary genius of our commercial era that gives people the opportunity to develop their unique talents and capabilities.
It is also the fact that commercial development over the past 150 years has allowed medical technology and surgery to evolve, enter the marketplace and be available to promote the modern man.