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You may not have realized this, but dentistry is much older than you think. Archeologists have in fact discovered an infected tooth dating all the way back to 12,000 B.C., containing evidence of a dental cleaning with flint tools.

We first have written text identifying dentistry back in 5000 BC, in a Sumerian manuscript describing “tooth worms” as the probable cause of dental decay. This theory was actually (and finally) proven false in the 1700s.

During the middle ages, dentistry began to evolve in France, with the earliest organization of dentists actually calling themselves barbers. These doctors performed a combination of teeth treatments, medical treatments and – who would’ve thought- haircuts. Over time, these men evolved into two groups. This included barber-surgeons (who were able to perform complex operations) and lay surgeons (who helped with more routine services). France even began to regulate dental practices as they advanced over time.

Dentistry spread in popularity throughout Europe and America in the 1700s. Called the Father of Modern Dentistry, Pierre Fauchard wrote a book called “The Surgeon Dentist: A Treatise on Teeth”. This provided the first ever comprehensive system for treating teeth.

The first dental college opened in Baltimore in 1840. Later in 1873, Colgate began mass-producing toothpaste and toothbrushes for communities; however, mass education about the importance of taking care of one’s teeth did not really become common knowledge until after World War II. This was when soldiers brought their knowledge of dental health care back to the United States.

Technology, medicine, and other innovations have progressed rapidly over the last 100 years, making dental work faster, more beautiful and more comfortable than ever before. To experience more of the wonders of modern dentistry give Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS call at our office in Palos Heights, Illinois, at 708-388-2500 to set up a consultation or schedule an appointment with Dr. Nils Sandstrom today!