We at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc adore dentistry. We’ve dedicated our careers to it because we are in love with your smile. For thousands of years, humans like us have worked to develop better ways to care for teeth. Want to know some fascinating facts on the history of dentistry? Here they are:
-The first tangible evidence of dentistry is from about 12,000 B.C. Archeologists have discovered a prehistoric infected tooth cleaned with flint medical tools in ancient Italy.
-In 5000 B.C., we find the first written record of dentistry: a Sumerian manuscript speculating that “tooth worms” are the reason for dental decay. This idea wasn’t actually corrected until the 1700s.
-The first known toothbrush was made in 1600 BC, made by the Chinese from pig hair and animal bone. This design endured for thousands of years.
-In the Middle Ages, dentists were called “barbers”. Not only did they clean and care for teeth but they also acted as medical men, and yes, like the barbers of today, they cut hair.
-Paul Revere, the same man who uttered the famous lines “The British are coming!”, was an apprentice to the first dentist in America, John Baker. After finishing his apprenticeship, he actually advertised his services in a Boston newspaper.
-During Revolutionary War at the Battle of Breed’s Hill, Paul Revere recognized his fallen friend, Dr. Joseph Warren, by examining a dental bridge he had built for him. This is the first known case of post-mortem dental forensics!
-Until the 1880s, when the metal toothpaste tube was first marketed, toothpaste was sold in boxes, bottles, jars and pots.
Are you looking to benefit from the amazing dental technology available in the 21st century? Just call Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc in Boerne, Texas at 830-443-4352 and Dr. Chet B. Hawkins and his staff will be delighted to serve you.