The legend of the worm is also found in the writings of Homer, and as late as the 1300's AD the surgeon Guy de Chauliac still promoted the belief that worms cause tooth decay.2600 BC -Re, an Egyptian scribe, often called the first “dentist.” An inscription on his tomb includes the title “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” This is the earliest known reference to a person identified as a dental practitioner.1800 BC - Hippocrates and Aristotle write about dentistry, including the eruption pattern of teeth, treating decayed teeth and gum disease, extracting teeth with forceps, and using wires to stabilize loose teeth and fractured jaws.100 BC - Celsus, a Roman medical writer, writes extensively in his important compendium of medicine on oral hygiene, stabilization of loose teeth, and treatments for toothache, teething pain, and jaw fractures.166- A series of Papal edicts prohibit monks from performing any type of surgery, bloodletting or tooth extraction.Barbers often assisted monks in their surgical ministry because they visited monasteries to shave the heads of monks and the tools of the barber trade—sharp knives and razors—were useful for surgery.For many the only option was the village blacksmith and tooth drawer offering painful extractions.1575 - In France Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, publishes his Complete Works.St Apollonia the Patron Saint of Dentistry, meant to heal pain derived from tooth infection.
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This includes practical information about dentistry such as tooth extraction and the treatment of tooth decay and jaw fractures.1683 - Pierre Fauchard, a French surgeon publishes The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth (Le Chirurgien Dentiste).
Fauchard is credited as being the Father of Modern Dentistry because his book was the first to describe a comprehensive system for the practice of dentistry including basic oral anatomy and function, operative and restorative techniques, and denture construction.
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