Happy National Dental Health Month!

National Dental Health Month is held each May, to call attention to dental care. The campaign celebrates preventative care, as an important tool for optimal oral health. In the early 20th century, a few progressive dentists are credited for having promoted the idea of preventative care. Their work help transformed the health of the nation over the next 100 years. First implemented in public schools, regular oral hygiene and patient education have been shown to significantly reduce tooth decay and mouth disease.

Dental Health History in a Nutshell

5000 BC

People believed that dental worms caused cavities. 

3000 BC

Archaeologists discovered toothpicks dating to this time in Mesopotamia, which is now known as Iraq. 

2600 BC

Hesy-Re was an Egyptian scribe who is recognized as the first dental practitioner.

1193 – 1164 BC 

Aesculapius, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god of medicine and healing, Asclepius, was believed to advocate cleansing the mouth and teeth. 

384 – 322 BC

Aristotle studied under Plato. He discussed teeth in some of his writings. In fact, at one point, he incorrectly asserted that men have more teeth than women. (Both men and women have 32). 

355 BC

Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates first recommended the use of a dentifrice powder to clean the teeth.

700 AD 

An ancient Chinese medical text includes an early mention of silver fillings.  

936 – 1013 AD

Arabian surgeon and author, Albucasis, explained the formation of tartar. He also designed a set of 14 scrapers to thoroughly clean teeth.

1400 AD

If you had a toothache, you would go to the barber. At the time, barbers dealt with far more than just hair and were practically medical professionals. Extracting teeth was a normal and accepted part of their job description.

1785 AD

John Greenwood, George Washington’s dentist, shared knowledge about porcelain teeth.

1819 AD

Levi Spear Parmley advocated cleaning the teeth with waxed silk, in addition to brushing.

1832 AD

James Snell invents the first reclining dental chair.

1859 AD

Twenty-six dentists meet in Niagara Falls, New York, and form the American Dental Association.

1871 AD

James Beall Morrison patented the first mechanized dental drill. 

1882 AD

Willoughby D. Miller determined microorganisms cause dental decay.

1896 AD

The first dental X-ray was used. 

1903 AD

Known as the Father of Modern Dentistry, Thaddeus P. Hyatt encouraged dentists to repair teeth and help patients prevent decay. He was an early advocate for dental hygienists.

1905 AD

Alfred Einhorn, a German chemist, formulates a local anesthetic, later marketed under the trade name Novocain.

1930 AD

The American Board of Orthodontics, the world’s first dental specialty board, is founded.

1938 AD

The nylon toothbrush, the first made with synthetic bristles, appears on the market.

1950 AD

The first fluoride toothpastes are marketed.

1955 AD

Michael Buonocore invented white (composite) fillings.

1958 AD

A fully reclining dental chair is introduced.

1970 AD

Introduction of electric toothbrush in the U.S. Also, four-handed” dentistry became commonplace, with dentist and assistant working together for speed and better efficiency. 

1989 AD

Manufacturers market the first commercial home tooth bleaching product.

Dental Care Today

Circa 2021,Dr. Fred Wong and his dental colleagues rely on modern techniques to provide quality service to their patients. What’s more, patients take an active role in their own oral health care, brushing twice a day and flossing their teeth at least once a day.

About Dr. Fred Wong of Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, California

Dr. Fred Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 852-6999.

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