The roots of dentistry are deeper than the roots of your teeth. In fact, there is solid evidence that dentistry was practiced as far back as 14,000 years ago. Let’s fast forward a bit, however, to dentistry in the Middle Ages. Here’s a timeline of important events:
700 A.D: A medical text in China speaks of the use of a “silver paste” – a type of amalgam or metallic filling.
1210: Dentists in France, who at the time referred to themselves as “barbers”, form a guild of sorts. They eventually evolve into two groups: barber-surgeons, who are educated and trained and perform complex operations, and lay-barbers, who help with more routine services.
1400: Laws start to regulate the practice of dentistry. Royal decrees in France prevent lay-barbers from practicing more complex surgeries.
1530: The first book that is exclusively about dentistry is published in Germany, called “The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth” by Artzney Buchlein.
1575: Ambrose Pare, a barber-surgeon who is often called “The Father of Surgery”, publishes his Complete Works.
Dentistry has come a long way. To participate in the marvels of modern dentistry at Cenla Dentistry in Pineville, Louisiana, just call 318-640-3200 to set up an appointment with Dr. Honey Fiasconaro and his expert team. We’re here to serve!