DENTISTRY: A Brief History

 

Dental medicine has come a long way and how?

 

When you go to the dentist to get a cavity filled or for a root canal you probably do not think of the Dental History. Dentistry has come a very long way from the myths, cluelessness, macabre and bloody procedures plaguing the Dental barbers of the Eleventh century.

 

Here are a few moments in Dental History

 

3000 B.C. 
In ancient Egypt, Hesi-Re is the first named “dentist” (greatest of the teeth). The Egyptians bind replacement teeth together with gold wire.

700—500 B.C.
The Romans use bones, eggshells and oyster shells mixed with oils to cleanse the teeth.

570—950
 The siwak, a primitive form of toothbrush, is used for cleaning teeth in the Middle East.

The Romans burn 300 A.D.
Christian martyr St. Apollonia, the patron saint of dentistry, after having her teeth extracted.

1498
 The first toothbrush is made in China of wild boar hair fixed to a bamboo or bone handle at a right angle.

1728 
Pierre Fauchard publishes “Treatise on the Teeth” and elevates dentistry to a new level.

1789 
George Washington is elected president of the United States with only one tooth. Contrary to the myth of wooden teeth, his dentures were made from ivory.

Horace H. Hayden and Chapin A. Harris, professors at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, found 1840
The first dental college in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

1844 Dentist Horace Wells discovers nitrous oxide anesthesia.

1846 
Dentist William T. G. Morton uses ether for the first time.

1871 
James B. Morrison invents the first commercially available foot-powered dental engine.

1895
 G. V. Black perfects the formulation for amalgam for dental fillings: 68% silver with small amounts of copper, tin and zinc. Expansion and contraction of fillings can now be controlled.

1945 
Grand Rapids, Michigan are the first city to fluoridate its drinking water.

1957 
Dr. John V. Borden invents the first successful air-turbine dental engine, the Airotor.

1980
 The use of sealants begins.

1990
 The FDA approved certain lasers for use on soft tissue that promise less pain, less noise and less fear in dental procedures.

 

Did you know dentistry was praticed by barbers?

 

 

Anyone fearing dental extraction should draw comfort from the thought of following description.

“On no account could the tooth be broken as it was realised that bits of the tooth remaining in the gum would cause yet more trouble in the future!
The gum, therefore, was cut down with a sharp scalpel and the tooth then rocked and shaken to loosen it while the patient’s head was firmly held between the operator’s knees!
All efforts were made to extract the teeth in the straight direction.
Repellent mouthwashes were prescribed afterwards and often wound was cauterized with a red-hot iron!”

 

Did you know tooth extraction and rudimentary scaling were the only form of Dental ‘Treatment’ for close to 800 years.

 

 

Barber-surgeons, fairground tooth-drawers and blacksmiths were entrusted with the authority of performing dental surgeries, and they use to perform it wearing a soaked sanguinary aprons.

 

How did Dental Science start its drift from general medicine?

Around mid sixteenth and early seventeenth century Dental science starting its drift from general medicine but showcasing very poor standards of treatment available. The Dental world was marred by a lot of myths and apparition; such as,

  • Worms in teeth cause dental pain
  • Many treatment of toothache were directed towards the outer ear, for the belief that the two are connected.

Early eighteenth century saw the common use of toothbrushes!

In the early eighteenth century small progress was made and greater care was taken of the teeth by individual, with more common use of toothbrushes and personal scaling sets. Books were written advocating dental symmetry and extraction to get to it.

In spite of these small advances, dental treatment was practised by charlatans well into the Ninteenth century, often a sideline occupation of blacksmiths and butchers, who drew teeth as entertainment at fairs- the cries were downed by the raucous music from the assistant.   Dental knowledge was generally self-acquired resulting in widespread disparity. The terms of apprenticeship that existed were harsh, and the boy was enjoined to strict secrecy about what he learnt. For about 5 years he was not allowed to marry, play cards or visit taverns.

 

After having given a fair idea on the dental cosmos of the Eleventh to Nienteenth century let us draw our attention towards some of the tools at play-

1.Extractors-
The Greeks were probably the first to use extraction as a form of dental treatment and had devised various tools for it.These earliest illustrations are sketchy and unreliable. Pelican Extractor- was perhaps the first highly illustrated dental instrument named after a bird whose beak it resembles. There primary purpose was to create a good grip for the pull of the teeth.

 

a) Elevator Extractors- were principally used for incisors and canine teeth but were suitable for roots and stumps as well. One of the most popular forms was known as the ‘goat’s-foot’.


b) Toothkeys- it resembled keys of the period with a large handle and a straight cleft. The French called them ‘clef Anglais’.


c) Screws- they were used in the extraction of roots of incisors and canines where no part remained which could be grasped.


d) Forceps- Early forceps of damascened iron with notched beaks were as much for shaking the teeth as for extracting them, and seem ill-designed for the job.

2.Scaling Instruments- Small cased sets of scalers were made for personal use from the 17th century. These included anything from five to twelve different headed instruments which were interchangeable on one ornate handle.


3.Dental Mirrors-
For use with scalers , and possible with toothpicks, tiny mirrors with a magnifying glass were made . Their small size, the oval frames were only about 4 cm long. Inspired delicate workmanship and they are one of the prettiest find for the collector.


4.Excavators and files-
Uneven teeth were sometimes filed down to make them even, a process which lasted for about 7 days. Excavators and drills were used to excavate teeth and the cavity was filled with tin, lead and gold.

 

Twenty first century dentistry is leaps and bound ahead from the debauchery of the eighteenth century! Dentists have shed the sanguinary apron for a holistic one. Pains from procedures have almost disappeared to pave way for smiles, love and laughter.

 

Aren’t we glad we are that we are from the twenty first century. The next time if you have to visit your dentist, don’t kick up a fuss. At Dentavista, we have more than 20 specialists in Endodontics, Peridontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Surgery & Implantology with vast experience in their respective fields. Our diverse and global clientele is a testimony to the skill & ability of our doctors, which is unparalleled in the country and abroad.

 

We pride ourselves in the personalised care and attention given by our team of dentists. If you have any questions, feel free leave a comment below or you can connect with us on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn page.

 

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Do dentists need Social Media?

What is Social Media?

 

Social Media, by definition, is the collection of strategies, practices and tools for communicating, creating, sharing and discussing news, information and other media online. Also, social media is a phrase that has been tossed around a lot these days. But why do dentists require social media? How can dentists harness the power of social media? Can your dental office receive an endless stream of new patients from Facebook and Twitter? Are you keeping up with what is going on in LinkedIn and being connected to peers and network?

 

Do dentists need Social Media?

Dental Marketing has come a long way from when dentists were getting websites prepared but had no inkling about how websites helped them in their business. They jumped on the bandwagon because all their peers had a website, without understanding the positives of Internet marketing. Now with the dominance of Social Media, there is an incredible new way to let people know about your dental office and your services. You can use various social media platforms to market your brand online and you can do it all by yourself!

 

The good news is that Social Media is virtually free, if approached the correct way, it can be a gold mine in the truest sense. A dentist who is savvy understands the positive financial impact of Social Media Marketing. Many Dentists have begun to realize and understand the potential of dental marketing. A Twitter survey of 38 dentists conducted by “The Wealthy Dentist” early last year found over half (57%) of the respondents were already using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for professional purposes!


Is Social Media is about building relationships?

Social media isn’t about the media; it’s about being social. Dentists are human beings too! Often, we will hear that we shouldn’t be ‘wasting time’ on social media sites all day, and that we should be busy ‘getting things done’. What these people don’t understand is that being successful in using Social Media is all about building human relationships and associations.

At Dentavista, we believe social media is all about connecting with people and establishing relationships!

 

5 Must Have’s for Social Media Dentists!

 

Twitter Account

Twitter is one of the most powerful forms of social media! It is simple and effective and provides dentists with recognizable benefits. And there is a bunch of people discussing new trends in dentistry and people are talking about their dental offices, so you need to be there too!

Here are a few advantages of using Twitter for Dental Marketing

▪   It’s a great platform to find, connect and interact with like minded people, industry and network.

▪   Twitter is a massive traffic generator to your blog or website.

▪   Twitter helps you not only in generating lead but also converting that lead into productivity!

▪    It is a great tool for customer services.

▪   Search engines index every tweet and they are great tools for Search Engine Optimization.

A Twitter profile — if named properly — can also provide another score in the search results for your website.

 

At Dentavista, we have taken full advantage of the communication and networking powers of Twitter. Here’s our twitter handle, stay connected!

 

Facebook Account

 

Facebook has turned to a major communication channel and it is a mistake to keep it out of your dental marketing.  An Average Facebook user visits the site 40 times per month and spends more than 20 minutes in each visit. Here are a few tips to get the most of of Facebook!

 

How to benefit from Dental Facebooking?

▪   With more than 845 million active users as of this post, Facebook is the largest social networking site in the world. Having a Facebook Page that is dedicated to your company can put your business on the social media radar.

▪   Facebook can pinpoint users based on your needs and is highly targeted.

▪   It helps you gather a strong collection of quotes from clients that have achieved success with you and pepper a few of them throughout your Facebook page!

▪   You can easily upload photos and videos, and share links and updates about your dental products and services on your Facebook page. The photos of your products can also be organized through albums with title and description.

▪   It strengthens the trust and relationship with customers. It can build trust and confidence in them.

▪   Facebook can be the perfect medium to launch your viral marketing campaigns.

▪   Although it’s a business page, you can also effectively share personal posts that can inspire people.

 

At Dentavista, we educate our patients on dental ailments, their cure and prevention via our Facebook page. We also edify our patients about dental facts and dental tips.  Facebook is a “one-stop shop” for entertainment, communication, and sharing of information with others. Here’s a link to our Facebook page!

 

Pinterest Account

Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media platforms. A new social media app is bucking the trend and showing some promise by using pictures. It’s a social network, a bookmarking site, and a dynamic content curation site—all rolled into one.

 

How can Pinterest benefit your dental practice?

▪  Create boards that make you laugh, smile, or react in some way that pushes people to share a piece of content.

▪  Savvy dentists will figure out how to create and delegate the use of Pinterest in their practice like follow patients and fellow doctors on Pinterest.

▪  It is likely that most dentists and orthodontists have a selection of products they recommend to patients, so why not make a Pinterest pin board showcasing those recommendations?

 

The Pinterest eagle has landed and everyone wants to be the one to tell you how to use it to market your brand. We at Dentavista believe in the power of Pinterest! 

LinkedIn Account 

As professionals or business owners, connections are key to our success and dentists are no exceptions. In all honesty, people need both, online and offline connections to make a difference in their businesses. If you want or need to communicate with professionals, in and out of the dental industry. LinkedIn may be a good investment of your time. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with fellow dentists, people interested in the profession. Earlier this year, a HubSpot study found that when it comes to generating leads, LinkedIn is 277% more effective than other social networks.

 

Why is LinkedIn a Must-Use Tool for Dentists?

▪   Top Influencers are group members whose contributions cause the most contributions from other group members. If you are a social media savvy dentist, you can benefit tremendously from LinkedIn.

 

▪   It’s a place for professional idea sharing where one can join groupspertinent to one’s industry and look for associations. Dentist Network on LinkedIn is a great community to share information.

 

▪   LinkedIn helps in creating polls and starting discussions. Creating a poll can show users that you are truly interested in hearing their opinions. Discussions are a great way of enlightening and engaging with like-minded people.

 

At Dentavista, our doctors have a LinkedIn profile. We engage with their peers and network.

 

Blogs

 

While social media plays a role in the development of trust and credibility, the effectiveness of your website cannot be overlooked. Blogs can be incorporated as part of your dental practice website domain. 

 

Dental Blogging Benefits

▪   Content leads to conversation, conversation builds relationships and relationships result in business or ROI. And blogs are a great example of great content.

▪   Blogs are like putting a human face on your brand, differentiating you from your competition and educating prospects and clients.

▪   Your blogs should be content driven, original and it is important that you entice people, earn their trust, and teach them about your services and products in a way that resonates with them.

▪    Blogs are also a great way to educate people about the latest trends in dentistry; it is also a good tool for communicating with current patients and attracting new patients online.

▪   Two important considerations when setting up a blog are inclusion of contact information and an opportunity to subscribe to the blog.

▪   Blogging conveys your seriousness to search engine indexing spiders while also branding your dental practice and services to patients.

▪   Your blog posts should be sprinkled with important keywords such as smile makeover, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers, dental implants, with your location.

Well-written blogs provide search engines exactly what they want—new information and original content. The higher your dental blog ranks for targeted keyword phrases, the more traffic you can expect on your site.


Blogs are a great source of knowledge. And we at Dentavista, believe that knowledge is power. Here’s a link to our latest blogs.

The keyword to understanding the intent of these communication channels is Social. Using Social Media in the right way leads to new customers, happy customers and of course more business! More power to Social Media! More power to Dentistry!

 

If you have any questions, feel free leave a comment below or you can connect with us on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn page.

 

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Dental Myths – Hidden truth behind your tooth!

Modern dentistry has come a long way, there’s a bright new trend in dental offices these days, and more people are scheduling appointments because they want to, not because they have to.

The reality is, today’s dentistry is virtually painless. Technology, modern equipment, stress control techniques, sophisticated approaches to anesthesia and pain control methods have all added to a great dental experience.

From laser treatments to dental implants and root canals, dentistry just isn’t the same anymore. For instance, manufacturers  and dentists have been developing less invasive dental implants and installation procedures. It now takes less time to have a dental implant fitted and the aesthetics are also improving all the time.

Treatments are set to become more comfortable and convenient for patients. New medication helps speed-up recovery from complex dental surgeries and people go about their business in a far quicker time. Yet there are many dental myths floating around and they have been passed on over the years. Some of them seem factual and thus, believable but others are manufactured and they need to be demystified.

 

We give you a lowdown on the general dentistry myths for a happy and a healthier you, also because we want you to put on that radiant smile always!

 

1. Soft toothbrushes won’t clean my teeth?


This is the queen of dentals myths. Many people think that using medium to hard toothbrushes would clean teeth better. According to the experts at Dentavista, the answer is a vehement no! Hard toothbrushes are more abrasive to gums and over time can even lead to receding gums. Using a soft toothbrush but brushing thoroughly for several minutes is the way to go!

 

2. Mouthwash should burn for a good clean

Many people are of the misconception that experiencing a burn or strong tingle signifies a cleaner mouth. Well, this isn’t true. That burn isn’t from bacteria being killed. Rather, it’s a response from irritated tissues in the mouth. If it’s unpleasant skip the mouthwash that gives you a strong tingle, one can get same results from a mouthwash that doesn’t burn. There are many interesting variants in the market, be adventurous and try the aniseed flavoured mouthwash the next time around!

 

3. Flossing is unnecessary since it is painful

If flossing is causing your gums and teeth pain or irritation, this is all the more reason you need to do it regularly. Those who don’t floss regularly are more likely to suffer irritation. Not flossing puts you at a higher risk of plaque build-up that leads to gum disease as well as bad breath and other dental problems. So floss regularly if you want to keep your friends!

 

4. If I don’t see a problem, I’m fine

Just because you can’t see any issues with your teeth and gums, doesn’t mean all is well. If this were the case, x-rays would essentially be useless! Your dentist/ hygienist is trained to spot problems with your mouth, teeth and gums. Regular checkups are key to preventing and treating issues. Visit your dentist regularly; professional cleaning of your teeth will do a world of good to your confidence!

 

5. When a tooth is knocked out, preserve the tooth

Many people still believe that if a tooth is knocked out, especially during sporting activities, one feels the need to preserve it. It is put in a container and taken to the dentist to be re-implanted. But, the truth is that by the time one gets there, it’s usually too late for successful implantation. The tooth should be put back in the mouth immediately or at least within the hour. Then, see your dentist. Try using a mouth-guard for your next game instead.

 

6. Oral health shouldn’t be a priority

For a lot of people, it seems that their oral health is bottom of the list in terms of priority. They feel why do teeth matter? Apart from helping you look and feel good, there can be problems that can affect chewing, swallowing and even cardiovascular health. Make dental visits a consistent priority. You don’t want to be using false dentures!

 

7. General health doesn’t affect my teeth

If you think your oral health is isolated from the rest of your body, you are wrong! In fact, many other health problems can impact your mouth. One such example is osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones throughout your body. Another example is the medicine you take for your health conditions. They could dry out your mouth, increasing your chances of tooth decay and other oral problems. So visit your dentist regularly, he might have a new swanky office?

 

8. Sugary foods are worse than sugary drinks

It’s a myth that sugary drinks do no harm and one only needs to worry about sugar in foodstuff. Drinks actually bathe the teeth in sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. An overall low sugar diet is beneficial to your body and your teeth but avoiding sugary drinks between meals and brushing after meals can help.Swap sugary drinks with water the next time around, it will also help you flush out those body toxins.

 

Hope this blog was useful in debunking those myths! Now flaunt that dazzling smile of yours!

 

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