Dental care has developed greatly over thousands of years, with most scientific developments occurring in the last few centuries. Dr. Christine Lee and our team would like to educate you about dental history in Woodstock, Georgia.
The first reference to a dental practitioner appeared on Egyptian Hesy-Re’s tomb in 2600 BC: “the greatest of those who deal with teeth.” Around 500 to 300 BC, Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about treatments for several dental issues.
Before the 1700s, not much is known about dentistry. However, we do know that lay barbers treated many dental problems with tooth extraction.
In 1723, Pierre Fauchard published The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth, which included a comprehensive description of the practice of dentistry. Dr. Fauchard has since been named the Father of Modern Dentistry.
During the 1800s, the American Dental Association was founded in Niagara Falls, NY. This century also included the discovery of the X-ray.
There were many discoveries in dental techniques and technologies in the 1900s. In 1905, a Garman chemist named Alfred Einhorn formulated a local anesthetic named procain, which was later called Novocain. Lasers were developed for use in soft tissue procedures, such as gum disease treatment. New tooth-colored materials led to the development of aesthetic dentistry.
Celebrate the progression of dentistry by scheduling regular checkups with our dentist at Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry.