Did you know that the origins of dentistry go back as far as 12,000 BC.? It has a long and rich history. But until the 18th century, progress was slow. Then advances in dentistry accelerated. Here’s a brief timeline of how it happened:
1723: Pierre Fauchard, a French surgeon, often called “the Father of Modern Dentistry”, publishes a book called The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth. This was the very first book to provide a totally comprehensive system for a dental practice.
1746: Frenchman Claude Mouton writes in detail about the use of gold cap crowns in repairing corroding teeth and recommends casing them in white enamel for a more aesthetic appeal.
1760: John Baker, a dentist from Great Britain, immigrates to what would soon be the United States, becoming the first dentist in Colonial America.
1768-1776: Paul Revere, trained by John Baker himself, advertises his services as a dentist in a Boston newspaper. Later he recognizes the body of a friend on the grounds of the Battle of Breed’s Hill by identifying a particular bridge Revere had constructed for him – the first known case of post-mortem dental forensics.
1789: Nicholas Dubois de Chemant, a French dentist, obtains the first patent for porcelain teeth.
1790: John Greenwood, who worked on the teeth of George Washington, constructs what is called a dental foot engine – a dental drill powered by a foot treadle. In the same year, Josiah Flagg, another American, builds the first dental chair.
Dr. Alfred Haeberer and our team at Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Potomac Falls, Virginia, are thankful for the efforts and sacrifices of great men and women who helped make dentistry what it is today. Want to experience the benefits of dentistry in the 21st century? Call us at (703) 291.0884.