The History of Dentistry

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Mon, 08/19/2013

Many people think dentistry is a fairly new science – certainly no more than one or two hundred years old – but the truth is dentistry has been around for millennia. The Egyptians recorded dental practices as early as 3700 BCE, though by today’s standards their techniques were barbarous at best.

While general dentistry enjoyed advancements throughout the ages, it wasn’t until 1723 when Pierre Fauchard, the Father of Modern Dentistry, penned his work Le Chirurgiendentiste (The Surgeon Dentist) that more sophisticated practices started to be utilized. Fauchard provided detailed information on both technique and patient comfort, paving the way for gentler and more effective oral care.

Dentistry in America

The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, known as the first dental college in the world, was founded in 1840. Here the Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) was birthed as dental students learned the art and science of oral care. There are now hundreds of dental colleges in the United States, but all of them owe a debt of gratitude to those who came before them and worked to standardize dental medicine.

Madera general dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake received his DDS from Fresno State University before seeking postgraduate education at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. He would be honored to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation to discuss our modern dentistry practice and help you reach all of your oral health goals.

If you are looking for a general dentist in the Madera, California area, please contact Gregory D. Miyake today to schedule an informative consultation.