Posts Tagged: dental history



August 21st, 2017
Dental Discoveries Unearthed by Archaeologists
June 5th, 2017
Orthodontics through the ages

Orthodontics feels like a fairly modern invention, but in fact the desire to straighten teeth and correct bites stretches back to ancient times. Unearthed mummies have shown evidence of metal bands wrapped around teeth, while catgut is believed to have been used to close dental gaps. As far back as 300 BCE, Hippocrates and Aristotle… Read more »

February 3rd, 2017
America’s First African-American Dentist: Robert Tanner Freeman

In 1867, Robert T. Freeman joined Harvard University’s newly opened school of Dentistry. Two years later, he and George Franklin Grant graduated, becoming the first officially trained African-American dentists in the U.S. Freeman was born to former slaves in 1846 in Washington, DC. At a young age, Freeman became an apprentice to local dentist Henry… Read more »

January 17th, 2017
Dental Fillings: An Abbreviated History
January 10th, 2017
Historic 1945 news article shows just how far dentistry has come

by Leah Kinney, RDH, MS     Dentistry in 1945 looked nothing like it does today – and this fascinating and somewhat prophetic 1945 Star Tribune article is proof.  In 1945, the then Star Journal (today the Star Tribune) story about the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry proved to be a very accurate predictor… Read more »

November 29th, 2016
5 reasons to be thankful you’re going to the dentist in 2016

Dentistry has been around in some form or another for thousands of years. From embedding precious stones in teeth to brushing with hog hair, people have been (attempting to) care for and bedazzle their teeth for centuries. Many practices from the past range from bizarre to downright disgusting. Below are five ancient dental practices that… Read more »