History of Dentistry

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

Dentistry is the field of medicine dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to your oral health. Today, we understand that your oral health directly impacts your overall health, and there are many specialized areas within dentistry designed to address specific dental health needs as well as cosmetic issues.   Experienced Phoenix dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox offers a comprehensive range of dental services. Dr. Wilcox and the friendly team at Desert Smiles use the most advanced dental technology and techniques to ensure that your smile remains as beautiful as it is functional and healthy.   Dentistry has been around in some form since ancient times, with evidence of rudimentary teeth drilling seen in stone-age teeth dating from around 7000 BC found in Pakistan and Egyptian skulls dating from around 2900 BC. However, we now know better than the Sumerians circa 5000 BC that cavities are not caused by “tooth worms.”   Greek scholars such as Aristotle and Hippocrates wrote about dental health, and evidence of dental appliances such as dental bridges also date to ancient civilizations. The first known text focused solely on dentistry did not appear until the 1500s, and dentistry in its modern form evolved from the mid-1600s through the 1800s; during this period, many developments still in use today—like the use of dental fillings to treat cavities—were introduced.   Dentistry continues to progress, with technology improving patient comfort, shortening treatment times, making possible earlier diagnosis, and offering innovative new cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry treatments.   If you would like to schedule your regular dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, please contact Desert Smiles to arrange your appointment with Dr. Donald Wilcox. We welcome patients from the Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Peoria, Arizona, areas.