Taking Care of Our Teeth in a Global Pandemic
26 Jul 21
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Categories: Dental Technology, Undergradute
Dentistry has come a long way over the years, evolving to a point where we understand the importance of preventative dental care in order to avoid dental issues from developing. In British dental technology there has been major advances in both diagnostics and treatments. Here, we take you through the history of dental technology, and give you an insight into some of our first advances into dentistry.
The History of Dentistry – What Do We Know?
We know much about the history of dental technology. Archaeologists have surmised that the dental drill, for example, in a rather crude form, predates the invention of the wheel, writing and even civilisation. This discovery was all thanks to evidence found from the Neolithic period.
Discoveries made by researchers also reveals that around 7500 B.C, in ancient Egypt, the first forms of replacement teeth were made. This was a staggering advance for the time and while anaesthetic was a long way from being discovered, the ancient Egyptians were, fortunately, able to make use of opium as a way of dulling the pain.
In terms of dentistry research in written form, the first-ever dental book was published in 1530. This was followed 33 years later by what is described as the first accurate book of dental anatomy (Libellus de dentibus). In fact, in the very early years of the history of dental technology, there were a lot of written materials produced.
The modern toothbrush, however, didn’t come into existence until 1780. This was closely followed by the reclining dental chair (1831) and the use of amalgam as a material for fillings, which resulted in 60 years of conflict referred to as the Amalgam War.
The British in Dentistry
British Dental Technology has led the way for a considerable time, with the establishment of the London Institution for Disease of the Teeth and the British Dental Journal being published in 1843. In 1846 we also carried out the first tooth extraction under ether. This was the same year as it had already been demonstrated as an anaesthetic during a surgical operation.
The first Dental degree was awarded by the University of Birmingham in 1901.
In more recent years, the significant advances in both British Dental Technology and dentistry on a global scale have included changes to how dentists treat teeth. There is now a greater emphasis on regular check-ups to catch issues before they become too serious, dental implant technologies and even new advances in the type of braces that are used to help correct issues with patients’ teeth. Thankfully, things have come rather a long way since the Neolithic dental drill.
BSc Hons Dental Technology at the University of Bolton – The Future of Oral Health
With so many students looking at the future and considering subjects that will offer them an interesting career with great prospects, dentistry offers a very secure future with a number of different pathways available following qualification.
At the University of Bolton, we offer a BSc Hons Dental Technology course that will help you with all the necessary skills to pursue a career in dentistry. This exciting course will give you a great platform from which to begin your dentistry career, and our knowledgeable educators and supportive environment will help you get the best out of your studies.
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