DENTAL HEALTH UPDATE by Andrew Biffen DMD

A HISTORY OF PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE

Current oral home-care practices date back thousands of years, as evidenced by the fact that toothpicks from 3,000 BC were found in present-day Iraq. In 355 BC, Hippocrates was the first to recommend cleaning teeth with a dentifrice powder. One thousand years later, Arabian surgeon, Albucasis, was the first to write about tartar formation. He also designed a set of 14 tooth scrapers (which preceded today’s scalers). In 1819, Levi Spear Parmly recommended cleaning teeth with waxed silk (the precursor to dental floss). Then, in 1845, the American Journal of Dental Science prescribed cleaning the teeth with floss silk two or three times per day, which is the first known reference to preventive dental hygiene in an American journal.

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P.S. In 1882, Willoughby D. Miller determined microorganisms cause dental decay and carries.

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