You're probably wondering why the hell a dentist would stash people's extracted teeth in their wall, and that is a very fair question. It's not entirely clear at the moment, but this isn't actually the first time piles of human teeth have been found in the walls of former dental offices in the area. Similar vaguely morbid depositories have been found in the walls of buildings where dentists worked in the nearby towns of Greensboro and Carrolton, Georgia, per the Daily Times.
So, did Southern dentists believe teeth made for good insulation, or what's the deal?
“I’m not sure if it was a common practice between dentists at that time, but it’s very strange that there were two other people that said, ‘Hey, we’ve had that happen, too,’” said Ellen Hill, director of Valdosta Main Street, in an interview with the Daily Times.
Some, like Gizmodo writer Adam Clark Estes, speculate that back when these old dental practices were operating, there was no proper way to dispose of medical waste like extracted teeth, so putting them in the wall may have seemed like the safest way to keep bacteria-ridden choppers from healthy patients. Then again, there had to have been easier way, right? These days, dentists are required to either properly disinfect extracted teeth and give them back to the patient, or dispose of them in special medical waste containers.
There are no plans to further investigate the matter, according to the Daily Times, so we may never really know the reason for this bizarre teeth-stashing practice. Though, for the record, the construction crew has already disposed of the pile (and not just in another wall).