The dental profession is one of the oldest medical professions around. There’s even evidence that it goes back to 12,000 BC, in which an ancient infected tooth contained remnants of a dental cleaning with flint tools.
The first written text we know that mentions dentistry is from 5000 BC; in which a Sumerian manuscript describes “tooth worms” as the origin of dental decay. This theory wasn’t actually confirmed as a sham until the 1700s.
In France in the middle ages, the first dentist guild formed. They called themselves by a different name however, and they did more than dentistry. These men referred to themselves as barbers. The performed a unique combination of teeth treatments, medical treatments and, yes, even hair care. Eventually, the guild evolved into two groups: barber surgeons with education and training did the special operations, while lay surgeons helped with more regular services.
In the 1700s, Pierre Fauchard, a Frenchman who is sometimes credited as the Father of Modern Dentistry, wrote a book called “The Surgeon Dentist: A Treatise on Teeth”. It detailed first complete dental system. With this knowledge, dentistry began to spread to other parts of the world, including the United States.
In 1840, the first dental college formed in Baltimore, Maryland. Then in 1873, Colgate began mass producing toothpaste and toothbrushes. However, Americans did not really start taking regular care of their teeth until after World War II, when American soldiers brought the knowledge of oral health care they had learned abroad back to their home towns.
In the past century, dental technology has evolved to become more aesthetic and more comfortable than ever before. Do your teeth need some attention? You can call Denver Restorative Dentistry in Broomfield, Colorado at 303-427-4120 to set up an appointment with Dr. Taylor Goggins.