From Egyptian times to modern times, many things have changed in dentistry. In today’s post, you will learn about the productive history of dentistry and where the term “dentistry” first had its origins.
Ancient History of Dentistry
The beginning of dentistry has its origins around 5000 BC, when the first discussion about “tooth worms” describes the cause of dental decay. Fast forward to 2600 BC, an Egyptian scribe dies. But on his tombstone, an inscription includes, “The greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” He was considered the first “dentist.”
Hippocrates and Aristotle, the world’s most influential philosophers, wrote about dentistry in 500-300 BC, including about the eruption pattern of teeth and extracting them with forceps. In 100 BC, Celus, a Roman medical writer, wrote about the importance of oral hygiene, along with treatments of toothache and jaw fractures.
The Beginnings of a Profession
In 700 AD, China medical texts mention the use of a type of amalgam filling called “silver paste.” In 1210 AD, Barber Surgeons or Lay Barbers, performed routine hygienic services, such as tooth extractions, bleeding, and shaving in France. However, in 1400 AD, France made a decree that all Barber Surgeons were prohibited from practicing all surgical procedures – with the exception of removing teeth, cupping, leech, and bleeding.
A German by the name of Artzney Buchlein publishes The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth, in 1530. It was devoted to dentistry. In 1575, Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, published his Complete Works, that included Information about tooth extractions, tooth decay, and jaw fractures.
In America, the history of dentistry in Big Lake, Minnesota, has evolved to include technology that makes it easier, safer, and more comfortable. We would love to see you with Dr. Calpas, Dr. Hendrix, or Dr. Amundson, so call us today at 763-263-7100 for an appointment at Monticello Dental Center.