Middle Ages & Beyond

Oral hygiene was a crude practice in the 17th and 18th centuries. Pieces of linen or sponge were used as a type of brush to say the least. Toothpicks were another way of removing food particles and other debris from one's teeth. Although these were basic oral hygiene practices, it was an improvement from what it was before which was basically nothing. The profession of dentists was also on the rise during this time. It was still considered the lesser part of medical professions, but it was definitely growing later in the 18th century. America's own revolutionary, Paul Revere had put an advertisement in a newspaper offering his dental services to people.     With the rise of the dental profession and the improvements in oral hygiene, dentistry was beginning to take off. Better treatment was available even though it could only be afforded by the wealthy class. Artificial teeth made from ivory was now available for the people that could afford it. Since preventive care was rudimentary, tooth loss was more common of a problem, which makes artificial teeth a major step forward in the evolution of dentistry.    Call us today to schedule your next appointment! (928)774-5599