Have you ever thought about how dentistry had its beginning? Its legacy penetrates farther than the roots of your teeth – as far back as 12,000 BC. Here is a brief timeline of noteworthy events in ancient dentistry:
12,000 BC: A prehistoric infected tooth from old-world Italy was cleaned with flint tools. Thousands of years later archeologists call it the earliest known evidence of dental work.
5000 BC: A Sumerian manuscript, the first known text that writes of dentistry, speculates that “tooth worms” may be the cause of dental decay. This idea wasn’t proven wrong until the 1800s!
2600 BC: Hesy-Re, the first identified dentist, passes away. One component 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, describes diseases of the teeth and toothache treatments.
500-300 BC: Famous men of science, Hippocrates and Aristotle, write about dentistry. Topics include the pattern of eruption, proper teeth extraction, and the treatment of gum disease, tooth decay, and jaw fractures.
100 BC: A medical writer named Celcus from Rome gathers and expounds upon information on oral hygiene, loose teeth, toothaches, teething and jaw fractures.
166-201 AD: The Etruscans of old Italy perform successful teeth replacement treatments – namely gold crowns and fixed bridges.
What the ancients knew about dentistry is quite remarkable. Even so, we’ve come a long way since. Want to experience the wonders of contemporary dentistry? Just call 505-455-2176 to make an appointment with Dr. Jorge Ferreira and his fantastic team at Sonrisa Dental in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’re here to make you smile.