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The History of Oral Health & Dental Care

Oral health is a crucial aspect of our overall health and wellbeing, but how did we learn about the importance of taking care of our teeth and gums? Let’s explore some interesting facts about how we have come to understand the importance of dental hygiene.

The History of Oral Health

Ancient Tooth-Brushing Methods

The earliest evidence of dental hygiene dates back to ancient civilizations like Egypt, Greece, and Rome. People from these civilizations chewed on twigs or used toothpicks made from animal bones to clean their teeth — ouch!

18th Century Dental Insights

Some time later in the 1700s, French physician Pierre Fauchard published a book titled “The Surgeon Dentist,” which stressed the importance of oral hygiene. He recommended regular tooth brushing.

The Rise of Dentistry as a Profession

Then, in the early 1900s, American dentist Alfred Fones took oral hygiene to a new level and started treating dentistry as a specialized profession.

He established the first dental hygiene school, where students learned how to clean teeth and educate patients about oral practices. As a result, peoples’ oral health began to improve.

Present-Day Oral Health

Today we have a better understanding of the importance of oral health thanks to ongoing research and advancements in dental technology.

We now know that regular checkups and cleanings along with good oral hygiene practices are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Professional Dental Care

While history has taught us that regular brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining oral health, it’s also important to receive professional dental care.

Dentists are trained to identify issues like cavities, oral cancer, and gum disease early, and treat them before they become more serious. So if you take anything away from this read, let it be this: find yourself a good dentist and see them regularly!

Here at Ellicott Mills Dental, we use state-of-the-art technology and anxiety-easing techniques to provide our patients with comfortable, high-quality care. (No animal bones or chewing sticks in this office!)

To learn more, give us a call at 410-431-1768 or request an appointment today.

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