For thousands of years, humans have been caring for their teeth. But it wasn’t until the last 300 years or so that most dental advances came to be. The 1900s, in particular, was a century of enormous progress in the field, economically, scientifically and educationally.
First, let’s talk about some scientific and technological advances of the 20th century. In 1903, An American dentist named Dr. Charles Land patented the first porcelain jacket crown. Just two years later, Alfred Einhorn, a German chemist, created the formula for the anesthetic later called Novocaine. In 1937, Dr. Alvin Stock successfully installed the first dental implant in one of his patients. We also see the appearance and development of dental lasers, used to treat gum disease in the 1960s and cavities starting in 1997.
What were some advances in dental education? Well, the early 1900s was the time of Greene Vardiman Black, who wrote an extremely important treatise called Operative Dentistry and made other vital contributions to dentistry. And in 1913, Dr. Alfred Fones, often called “The Father of Dental Hygiene”, opened Fones Clinic for Dental Hygienists, the world’s first dental hygiene school.
Finally, the 1900s saw some important new dental products hit the market. In 1938, the first toothbrush with synthetic nylon bristles appeared in stores. In 1950, fluoride toothpaste first became available. And in 1989, home tooth-whitening products first emerged on the market.
David J. Harsant, DDS, PA honors the pioneers of the dental industry. Without them, our business could not exist the way it does today. Want the benefits of modern dentistry in your life? Just call 910.864.4646 to set up an appointment with David J. Harsant and his expert team in Fayetteville, North Carolina.