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.