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A Brief History of Dentistry

Dentistry as a form of surgical procedure is pretty ancient. The practice’s earliest roots can be traced back to the ancient Sumerians, a civilization that existed along the famous Fertile Crescent back in 5000 B.C. An unearthed text from the period mentioned “tooth worms” as the main cause of dental decay. The ancient Egyptians followed suit, with several diseases of the teeth, along with their remedies detailed in the Ebers Papyrus which dates from 1700 to 1550 B.C.

Fast forward to the MiddleBackMountainDental Ages, dentistry is slowly gaining its ground as a legitimate medical procedure. However, actual dentists did not exist until the 16th century, and dentistry was practiced by general physicians and even barbers. Extraction was the most common procedure, mainly administered to eliminate pain and prevent tooth decay.

As the 1700s loomed, French surgeon Pierre Fauchard published a book entitled “The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth” in 1723, which described the first-known comprehensive system of caring for and treating teeth. Fauchard’s system included topics on basic oral anatomy and function, operative and restorative techniques, as well as denture construction.

A score of improvements to the profession took place by the 1800s, one of which is the pioneering use of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic. First introduced by Horace Wells in 1844, nitrous oxide was taken a step further by William Morton two years later to positive acclaim. The 1900s was highlighted with the invention of innovations, such as the nylon toothbrush as we have it today.



August 22, 2014 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , ,

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