Have you ever wondered how dentistry began? Its roots go much deeper than that of your teeth – all the way back to 12,000 BC. Here’s a short timeline of some important events in the history of dentistry:
12,000 BC:An infected tooth from ancient Italy around this time period contains evidence of a dental cleaning with flint tools.
7000 BC: In the Indus Valley Civilization, located in modern-day northwestern India, there is evidence of man’s attempts to alleviate tooth pain.
5000 BC: A Sumerian manuscript, the earliest known text to mention dentistry, describes “tooth worms” as the cause of dental decay.
2600 BC: Death of Hesy-Re, the earliest known dentist. Part of his Egyptian tomb epitaph reads “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians”.
1700-1550 BC: The Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian manuscript, refers to diseases of the teeth as well as toothache remedies.
500-300 BC: Hippocrates and Aristotle write about dentistry, such as the eruption pattern of the teeth, extraction, gum disease, tooth decay, and jaw fractures.
100 BC: A Roman medical writer named Celcus pens a compilation of information on oral hygiene as well as the treatment of loose teeth, toothaches, teething and jaw fractures.
166-201 AD: The Etruscans of ancient Italy practice using gold crowns and fixed bridges.
We’ve come a long way since ancient times. Would you like to experience the wonders of modern dentistry in your life? Just make an appointment with Dr. Cathy Fermelia and her expert team at Academy Park Dental Assoc. in Lakewood, Colorado by calling 303-987-2121. We’re here to bring back your smile!