The type of dentistry we practice at my dental office in Charlottesville, that ensures comfort, oral health, and overall wellbeing, wasn’t always the norm. If we go back a few years, a mere 9,000, we find some extraordinarily crazy beliefs, wild practices, and a dental philosophy that’s much different from today’s standard.
Ancient forms of dental care didn’t revolve around prevention, and treatment actually only occurred after a problem already developed. In years past, dentists and doctors didn’t know how to properly treat tooth pain, and they didn’t know what exactly caused a toothache.
There’s a Worm in Your Tooth
In 5000 BC, the Sumerians accredited tooth pain to the legendary tooth worm, a myth that was widely accepted until the 1700s. The story of the tooth worm was that tiny worms bored into the tooth and destroyed it from the inside out, causing a lot of pain. To treat it, some practitioners would either extract the tooth or mistake the actual tooth root as a worm and pull it out. Talk about painful.
It’s All Greek to Me
In ancient Greece, throughout 500-300 BC, Hippocrates and Aristotle began to study teeth. The famous, intelligent duo not only studied how teeth grew in, but also how to treat decay and gum disease, and how to extract teeth using forceps. What’s perhaps even more interesting is that 1,000 years later, during the Middle Ages, those actually performing the extractions were not dentists, but barbers.
A Dentist is Born
It wasn’t until between 1650 and 1800 that modern dentistry practices, treatments, and knowledge came into play. Credited as “The Father of Modern Dentistry,” 17th century French physician Pierre Fauchard not only spearheaded the development of many of the procedures we use today, he also developed the process for dental fillings and determined the connection between sugar and tooth decay. Because of his discoveries, the first dental college opened in Baltimore in 1840 and dentistry became a recognized profession.
Dentistry has surely changed throughout the years, thankfully for the better — and less painful, primitive, and worm-infested. Yet without the innovations and dedication of those who came before us, the treatments offered at my Charlottesville dental office wouldn’t be available. Additionally, thanks to the advancements in dental technology and continuing education, we’re able to provide our patients with the services they deserve, and do it comfortably.
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Dr. Kayton and all of his wonderful staff are friendly, professional, and competent. I’ve sent friends and family to them for years.
Great, pain-free dentistry, and a wonderful group of people! My teeth and gums are in better shape than they were when I was far younger, thanks to the great teamwork of Dr. Kayton and his outstanding dental technicians! Two thumbs up!
Excellent visit as always!
Dr. Kayton and his team took good care of me and did a great job. I have my beautiful smile back!
What a great experience. It’s always difficult to find a good dentist when you move to a new area. I look forward to my next visit.
Prompt, congenial, well organized, professional, and patient friendly.
Dr. Kayton and his staff are professional, friendly, and caring people. Every experience with them has been superb. I highly recommend this practice.
I completely trusted Dr. Kayton. He offers the highest tech equipment, has the nicest staff and takes the time to make sure you understand his evaluation.
Painless dentistry. Dedicated and compassionate staff. Efficient. The most complicated dental work I have had has been done here; also the most pleasant and painless.