Lynn Dental Care Looks at International Dental Practices
Dentistry, as it is today, would not be as advanced or common of a practice without the knowledge of civilizations past. While historical dental practices from around the world may seem a bit crude and rudimentary now, the practices and technology that we use here at Lynn Dental Care would not have been possible without the pursuit of understanding from the ancient cultures. In today’s Lynn Dental Care blog, we take a look at some of the dental practices from cultures of the past.
The earliest evidence of dentistry practice comes from ancient Egypt. A tomb for an Egyptian scribe from around 2600 BCE was inscribed with the title “The Greatest of Those who Deal with Teeth, and of Physicians”. This tomb is the earliest reference to a dental practitioner. The ancient Egyptians had to deal with a variety of tooth issues, from cavities to abscesses to periodontitis. While they didn’t have anything near the technology that is used at Lynn Dental Care and other dental facilities, the Egyptians did create fairly effective treatments for many oral health issues.
Among many of the corrective dentistry practices used by the ancient Egyptians, archaeologists also found evidence of rudimentary braces on several exhumed mummies. Metal wire was fastened to the teeth as a way to straighten and secure teeth in the jaw. Dental bridges were also a common practice. Egyptian dental practitioners would use metal to reattach the missing teeth back in the mouth.
The Etruscans were an agricultural society that lived around the Mediterranean around 800 BCE. Along with agricultural and craft advancements, the Etruscans made quite a few advancements in dental practices. Most notably, they were the first culture to create dental prostheses from gold. While previous cultures would reattach teeth with wires, the Etruscans used soldered gold bands to create a better bond.
The medieval era brought a number of different advancements in dentistry. In Europe, barbers would perform general hygienic services, which included tooth extraction. Many books about dentistry and treating various diseases in the mouth were published. Bloodletting was also a popular treatment for toothaches and infections.
Quality Dentistry from Lynn Dental Care
While methods and technologies have become much more advanced over the last few thousand years, the desire for healthy teeth has not changed. At Lynn Dental Care, we continue to carry the passions of those ancient civilizations by providing the best in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for our patients. We also offer orthodontics and periodontist services to ensure that we provide comprehensive care to everyone who comes into Lynn Dental Care. For more information on any of the services we provide, check out the Lynn Dental Care website or contact our Dallas dentist office and schedule an appointment today!