Dental history facts that may surprise you
School may be out, but here's some interesting history about dental care that may surprise you.
Early mans' diet was completely unprocessed and more fibrous, so dental problems were less common. If a tooth became decayed or infected, the only option was to pull the tooth or risk a shortened life from infection.
With the agricultural revolution, so came an increase in tooth decay and periodontal disease. There is evidence, between 4800-4300 BC, that Neolithic Man used flint drill bits to drill teeth. No filling material was noted, but the subjects lived beyond the time the drilling occurred.
In 3000 BC, an Egyptian named Hesi-Re, also referred to as "Chief of the Toothers", was the first named dentist. Egyptian pharaohs were known to have suffered from periodontal disease.
By 2000 BC, the Chinese were actively practicing dentistry and by 200 AD developed a silver amalgam paste for fillings.
Early Romans were known to have excellent dental health. They wrote extensively about dentistry and had a high regard for dental hygiene. They were skilled in restoring teeth with gold crowns and made bridges with ox bone and gold wire. A team of scientists, including dentists, found Citizens of Pompeii, before it's eruption in 79 AD, had excellent teeth. This may be partly due to their "Mediterranean" diets, which were very low in added sugar.
Dentistry has come a long way over the centuries, but modern man should take heed from history: Take care of your teeth/gums and see your dentist regularly!
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