The earliest known evidence found of dental work goes back as far as 12,000 BC. Archeologists have found evidence showcasing dental work being done even thousands of years ago. One case is an ancient infected tooth which contains remnants of a dental cleaning with flint tools.
Dated thousands of years later in 5000 BC, the first written text discovered that even mentions dentistry is the Sumerian manuscript. It cites “tooth worms” as the origin of dental decay, which obviously was later disproven, but sadly not until the 1700s.
During the middle ages, a group of dentists in France gathered. They were not called dentists though but known as barbers. They treated more than teeth, also treating various medical conditions- even cutting hair! This guild eventually evolved into two groups: barber surgeons who had more education and training, and lay surgeons who helped with dental cleanings and checkups.
Pierre Fauchard, the Father of Modern Dentistry, wrote a book called “The Surgeon Dentist: A Treatise on Teeth” in the 1700s. This educational book outlined the first comprehensive dental system, and with this knowledge, dentistry began to multiply throughout the world, eventually evolving to the United States.
The first dental college formed in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1840. Colgate began producing toothpaste and toothbrushes a few decades later, but dental care didn’t become a regular habit until U.S. soldiers returning from World War II brought habits they had learned abroad back to their hometowns.
Since then, new inventions and techniques have developed to make dentistry better than ever. Do your teeth need some attention? Just call Rock Rose Dental in Roseville, California, at 916-784-3337 to set up an appointment with Dr. Hoang Truong.
Dentistry Advancing from Ancient Days to Modern Times