The first Dental museum in Africa has been unveiled by The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). Founded by Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede after years of painstaking research into the history and development of dentistry in Nigeria from the earliest introduction of modern dentistry till date. The Dema Foundation Dental Museum is located at Ile-Ife in Osun State.
It was commissioned by the Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, (NCMM) Mallam Yusuf Abdallah Usman in Ife recently.
The dental museum houses the first dental chair used in Nigeria, assorted dental laboratory equipment and clinical instruments. It is also entrusted with the mandate of documenting,
propagating, investigating and preservation of the histories of dentistry in Africa and the world.
Also, materials depicting the evolution of general and dental education from the early 20th century till present, a hall of fame with photographs and other essential information on early
dental practitioners are on display at the gallery.