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"I went back to science fiction to try a few experiments …and my first experiment was a disaster…"
- Alfred Bester

Suicide Tooth  
  A false tooth containing poison.  

It seems like this is an old idea, but I can't find earlier references to the idea.

He was not smiling now; he was quiet, serious, and, as he sat beside her, perfunctorily running his fingers over the wiring of the passenger's control console he said, half chantingly, "I have no time, Freya, for small talk; I have five minutes at the most; I know where the short is because I sent this particular flapple taxi to pick you up. See?"

"I see," she said, and, within her mouth, bit on a false tooth; the tooth split and she tasted the bitter outer-layer of a plastic pill: a container of Prussic acid, enough to kill her if this man proved to be from their antagonists. And, at her wrist, she wound her watch-actually winding a low-velocity homeostatic cyanide-tipped dart which she would control by the "watch" controls; it could either take out this man or, if others showed up, herself, in case of a failure of the oral poison. In any case she sat back rigid, waiting.

From Lies, Inc., by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantastic in 1964
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Compare to the much more famous dispensing tooth from Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert.

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