From Egyptian times to modern day, many things have changed to reflect dentistry as we know it today. Here is a timeline of how dentistry began:
– 5000 BC: The first discussion about “tooth worms” describes the cause of dental decay
– 2600 BC: 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.
– 500-300 BC: Hippocrates and Aristotle, ancient philosophers, write about dentistry in 500-300 BC, that includes an eruption pattern of teeth, and extracting teeth with forceps.
– 100 BC: Celus, a Roman medical writer, discusses the importance of oral hygiene, treatments of toothache, teething pain, and jaw fractures.
– 700 AD: China medical texts mention the use of “silver paste,” a type of amalgam filling to restore oral health.
– 1210 AD: Barber Surgeons were established in France, who performed routine hygienic services, such as tooth extractions, bleeding, and shaving.
– 1400 AD: France declared that all Barber Surgeons were prohibited from practicing all surgical procedures, except removing teeth, cupping, bleeding, and leeching.
– 1530 AD: The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth, was published, which was entirely devoted to dentistry. The book was published in Germany. Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, publishes his Complete Works in
-1575 AD: Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, publishes his Complete Works. Information was included about tooth extractions, tooth decay, and jaw fractures.
History of Dentistry in Bastrop, Texas, and America, in general, has evolved to include technology that makes it easier, more comfortable, and safer to treat dental issues. We would love to see you at Signature Smiles with our dentists, so call us today at 512-212-9803!