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Dental care has developed greatly over thousands of years, with most scientific developments occurring in the last few centuries. Dr. McConnell, Dr. Woolf, and our team would like to educate you about dental history in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

The first reference to a dental practitioner appeared on Egyptian Hesy-Re’s tomb in 2600 BC: “the greatest of those who deal with teeth.” Around 500 to 300 BC, Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about treatments for several dental issues.

Before the 1700s, not much is known about dentistry. However, we do know that lay barbers treated many dental problems with tooth extraction.

In 1723, Pierre Fauchard published The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth, which included a comprehensive description of the practice of dentistry. Dr. Fauchard has since been named the Father of Modern Dentistry.

During the 1800s, the American Dental Association was founded in Niagara Falls, NY. This century also included the discovery of the X-ray. In 1867, the Harvard University Dental School was founded. This was the first university-affiliated dental institution.

There were many discoveries the 1900s, such as Novocain. Lasers were developed for use in soft tissue procedures. In 1900, new tooth-colored materials, as well as increased usage of teeth whitening, dental veneers, and implants led to the popularity of aesthetic dentistry.

Celebrate the achievements in dentistry by scheduling regular checkups with our dentists at Langworthy Family Dentistry.