Today’s scientific advancement has given a new life to dentistry; a life that has astonished everyone. A lot of things have been changed since 17th century, but some things are still the same. For example – nobody liked dental problems and nobody likes them today too, nobody liked going to a surgeon and many still do not like to go. In a timespan of 17th to 19th century, there was no ‘Dentist’ and nothing like ‘Dentistry’ actually. There was no treatment for a dental infection. Then many big changes and advancements took place in a time when our grandparents were kids and those changes created a base for today’s astonishing dentistry. In honor of our grandparents and people who gave a new life to dentistry from their priceless works, we are eager to tell you some interesting points about the glorious history of dentistry.
The Dentistry of 17th Century – 18th century
- It was a time when only a few things or it will be better to say ‘nearly nothing’ was known about how body worked.
- A barber surgeon used to be the dentist of that time. When people found themselves suffering from severe toothache, they used to go to a local barber surgeon. The surgeon then used to extract the rotten tooth away from the mouth.
- Often it also involved tying a string around the tooth.
- People used to play a drum near the patient for distracting him/her. The drum used to get louder as extraction came closer.
- For advertising themselves as tooth-pullers, those barber surgeons used to hang large rows of rotten teeth on the entrance of their shops.
The Dentistry of 19th Century
- In 19th century, people started knowing something about how the body worked, including teeth.
- This was the time when human started more and more discovery about the functionality of human body, which ultimately kept a base for medical science. Physicians started paying attention to dental needs.
- Later in the same century, electricity came as a revolution to life and gave new advancements and meanings to life. This invention also gave a new standard to medical science and dentistry.
- Many dental specialties of today emerged in this century. For example: Orthodontics (1901), Oral Surgery (1918), Periodontics (1918), Prosthodontics (1918), Pedodontics (1927) and Oral Pathology (1946).
- Later in this century, dentistry emerged as a licensed profession.
The Dentistry of 20th Century
- 20th century gave a totally new and unbelievable life to dentistry. Fluoride Treatments came into existence.
- Concept of oral-systematic health started developing. More professionals started paying attention towards dental problems which ultimately resulted in more dentists.
- Penicillin discovery gave a new height to dentistry.
- In this century people realized that the profession of dentist is a safe career choice.
So, you can see that our grandparents grew in a very fascinating timeline of dentistry. And advancement in dentistry has not yet stopped; it is continuously increasing from a pace, because now there are several scientists spread all over the world who are doing inventions for making dentistry easier and interesting. We are very thankful to these scientists who work hard day and night for making dentistry better and easier. There is no doubt that their inventions will send today’s dentistry to a new height and standard.