We will continue with Part 2 of a 5-part series with fun facts and interesting inventions in the field of dentistry.  The following historical timeline is presented by the American Dental Association. Part 2 will focus on the beginnings of a profession (Middle Ages).

Published in Paris in 1585, illustrations of dental instruments from Ambrose Pare’s Ouvres, Complete Works.


A medical text in China mentions the use of “silver paste,” a type of amalgam.


Guild of Barbers is established in France. Barbers eventually evolve into two groups: surgeons who were educated and trained to perform complex surgical operations; and lay barbers, or barber-surgeons, who performed more routine hygienic services including shaving, bleeding and tooth extraction.


A series of royal decrees in France prohibit lay barbers from practicing all surgical procedures except bleeding, cupping, leeching, and extracting teeth.


The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth (Artzney Buchlein), the first book devoted entirely to dentistry, is published in Germany. Written for barbers and surgeons who treat the mouth, it covers practical topics such as oral hygiene, tooth extraction, drilling teeth, and placement of gold fillings.


In France Ambrose Pare, known as the Father of Surgery, publishes his Complete Works. This includes practical  information about dentistry such as tooth extraction and the treatment of tooth decay and jaw fractures.

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