A LITTLE DENTAL HISTORY
Q: How new is the practice of dentistry?
A: There’s no question that the practice of dentistry these days is as modern as can be. But you might be surprised to know that humans have been studying teeth for about 7,000 years now. A Sumerian text dating to around 5,000 B.C. makes note of tooth decay and surmises it is caused by tiny creatures called tooth worms. Let’s just say we’ve come a long way.
Here are some other interesting dental facts: The world’s first dental school opened in Baltimore in 1840. Around the time of the American Revolution, a Boston silversmith named Paul Revere — better known, of course, for his midnight ride — advertised in a Boston newspaper his dentistry skills. Revere is the first person known to have used dental forensics to identify a body, in this case a Colonial colonel killed at the battle of Bunker Hill.
An American dentist named Josiah Flagg developed the first dental chair. He attached an adjustable head rest and a tray to hold equipment to a wooden Windsor chair. And in 1859, twenty-six dentists met at Niagara Falls and started the American Dental Association (ADA) for the exchange of information.
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39 Milford Drive, Hudson, Ohio 44236. 330-650-0360.