History of Dentistry

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Dentistry has a long history dating back to 2000 BC, or possibly earlier. People have always experienced tooth pain and sought treatment and relief. Dental innovation has drastically changed over the centuries, and now dental patients can enjoy the benefits of state-of-the-art technology, preventative dentistry, and treatments finely tuned to meet diverse dental needs. There are many interesting facts in the history of dentistry, including:

  • The earliest dentist is thought to be an Egyptian who practiced in 3000 BC.
  • Radiographs of mummies have shown that many pharaohs suffered from gum disease.
  • A Greek physician recommended rubbing the teeth and gums to maintain oral health.
  • The idea that a tooth worm caused tooth decay is a myth that persisted into the time of the Romans.
  • Frequently providing tooth extractions, barbers and general physicians were the dentists of the middle ages.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, dentistry continued to develop and evolve into a serious profession. Starting out as a field accessible only to the wealthy, dentistry became increasingly in demand by all classes of people. In the 20th Century, dentistry gained ground as the important health field it is today. Pain medications became safer, making dental procedures more tolerable for more people. The modern toothbrush was developed, allowing people to care for their teeth at home. Dentistry has come a long way since its origins, and patients have more options available to them now than ever before. If you live in Glendale, Arizona or the surrounding areas and are looking for a dentist, please contact Dr. Donald Wilcox, D.D.S., at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation.