History of Dentistry: We Have Come A Long Way And That's The Tooth!

Have you ever stopped and taken a look at the history of dentistry? If not, you might want to take a moment to do so. It stretches back centuries and is full of interesting inventions. Here’s a brief look at some of them, both old and new:

Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Believe it or not, toothbrushes and toothpaste have been around since 3000 B.C. At the time, they were nothing more than sticks and assorted herbs. Of course both products obviously improved with time. By the 1700s, they looked more like the standard toothbrushes and toothpastes that we use today.

Dental Drills

Dental drills have also been in existence for centuries. However, they didn’t run on electricity until 1875. That improvement came courtesy of one-time Michigan resident, Dr. George Green. Prior to his invention, the drills were powered by hand or other primitive means.

We should also note that nowadays, some dentists skip the drill altogether and opt to use a laser instead. As a matter of fact, it is one of the many high-tech dental tools that we use here at Flucke & Suchman Dentistry. We use digital cavity detection and laser cavity removal. They help us to greatly reduce two things that our ancestors typically associated with dental care, time and pain.

Dental X-Rays

Another dental technique that has changed over the years is radiography. It was invented in the late 1800s by a German professor. His name was W.C. Roentgen. Today, we use digital x-rays and 3D dental CAT scans. Both new technologies produce phenomenal images that far surpass the quality of those generated by the machines from the 1800s.

Understandably, those are just a few of the dental tools and techniques that have changed over the years. To learn more about high-tech dentistry, stop by our location in Lee’s Summit or call (816) 286-4117. We’d love to show you around.