History of Dentistry

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Dentistry has a long history, dating back at least as far as the ancient Egyptians. In that time span, dentistry has developed from its roots to the important health field it is today.

The first probings into dental care seem to revolve around drilling. Researchers have found teeth with drill marks dating back to sometime between 7000 and 5000 BC. These teeth were found in Pakistan. Around this time, tooth decay was thought to be caused by worms in the teeth. Later, the texts of the great philosophers Hippocrates and Aristotle refer to different subjects of dentistry and the teeth.

In the Middle Ages, the foundation of the dental profession began. At first, this consisted of barbers or other non-experts extracting teeth or providing tinctures and remedies. Dental forceps were invented to remove problematic teeth, although this form of extraction caused a great deal of damage and pain.

In the 18th century, dentistry became more specialized, and only the wealthy could afford to see proper dentists who used advanced equipment. The demand for dentures developed at this time as well.

In the 19th century, the profession boomed and the demand for extractions grew as anesthesia was introduced. Then, in the 20th century, dentistry grew from a practice of extraction to a discipline incorporating prevention and treatment of disease. Today, we have more dental innovations than ever before, allowing dental professionals to personalize treatment to your dental goals.

To learn more about your dentistry options, please contact experienced Glendale, Arizona dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox to schedule a consultation at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry.