Since the ancient times, people have been taking care of their teeth. Many herbs and pastes were applied that were believed to make the teeth stronger. Guava leaves, wild betel leaves and liquorice root were some examples of plants that were used. Other societies even used bone and stone to clean their teeth. As these were used for chewing and a kind of makeshift weapon, people took great care of it in whatever way they could. There are even some evidences which states that tooth decay was not a very prevalent problem in the ancient world. However, as the society developed and advanced, humans moved slightly away from this and focused a little more on the aesthetic of the teeth. This is where modern dentistry comes in.
Dentistry is one of the oldest branches of science. It was even thought that this was the first medical specialization as evidences of its practice dates back to the birth of humanity itself. Its development, however, was a slow pace. It was not even until around 1700’s when it was fully developed as a medical science. The first school of dentistry was not even established in 1828 by Dr. John M. Harris in Bainbridge, Ohio, USA. Today, many people regard this as a true medical science. There is even a theory that states that improper oral hygiene increases the risk of other non-oral diseases (see why). [Read more…]