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5000 B.C.

Ancient texts from Sumeria mention a “tooth worm” that was believed to live in the mouth and cause decay.

2600 B.C.

Hesy-Re, an ancient Egyptian scribe attributed to being the first known dentist, passes away. His tomb has the inscription, “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.”

1210 A.D.

The first Guild of Barbers is established in France. Barbers shaved beards, performed bleedings, and also extracted decayed teeth.

1530

A German man named Artzney Buchlein publishes the Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth. This book included information on oral hygiene, tooth extractions, drillings, etc.

1723

The Father of Modern Dentistry, a French surgeon name Pierre Fauchard, publishes a treatise called “Le Chirurgien Dentiste,” or, “The Surgeon Dentist.” This book described a comprehensive system on the practice of dentistry.

1760

John Baker emigrates from England to America and establishes the first dental practice there.

1833

The Crawcours, two French brothers, introduce amalgam filling in America. But after they are found to be frauds, amalgam is put under suspicion until 1850, a time period called the “amalgam wars.”

1840

Horace Hayden and Chapin Harris establish the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the world’s first dental school.

1883

The National Association of Dental Examiners is founded to make sure dental practitioners and practices are properly licensed.

1908

Greene Vardiman Black publishes his book Operative Dentistry, which would become a must-have text in the dental field for the next 50 years.

1913

Alfred C. Fones, also known as the Father of Dental Hygiene, would open Fones Clinic for Dental Hygienists in Connecticut. This was the first oral hygiene school.