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From Egyptian times to modern day, many things have changed to reflect dentistry as we know it today. Read today’s blog about the fascinating history of dentistry and when and where the term “dentistry” has its origins.

Ancient Origins

From about 5000 BC, the first discussion about “tooth worms” describes the cause of dental decay. Fast forward to 2600 BC, when an Egyptian scribe, who was dubbed the first “dentist,” dies. On his tomb, an inscription includes, “The greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” This statement reflects the earliest known reference to a dental practitioner.

Hippocrates and Aristotle write about dentistry in 500-300 BC, that includes an eruption pattern of teeth, and extracting teeth with forceps. In 100 BC, Celus, a Roman medical writer, discusses the importance of oral hygiene, treatments of toothache, teething pain, and jaw fractures.

The Start of a Profession: Dentistry

In 700 AD, China medical texts mention the use of “silver paste,” a type of amalgam filling to restore oral health. Barber Surgeons are then established in 1210 AD France who perform routine hygienic services, such as tooth extractions, bleeding, and shaving. In 1400 AD, France declares that all Barber Surgeons are prohibited from practicing all surgical procedures, except removing teeth, cupping, bleeding, and leeching.

Finally, in 1530, The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth, is published, which is entirely devoted to dentistry. The book is published in Germany. Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, publishes his Complete Works in 1575. Information included tooth extractions, tooth decay, and jaw fractures.

History of Dentistry in Bayside, New York, and in America, has evolved to include technology that makes it easier, more comfortable, and safer to care for your oral health. We would love to see you with Dr. Aram Cazazian, so call us today at (718) 423-7009 for an appointment at Bayside Family Dentistry.