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The earliest known signs of dental work goes back as far as 12,000 BC. Archeologists have found an ancient infected tooth which contains remnants of a dental cleaning with flint tools.

The earliest discovered written text that mentions dentistry, however, is dated thousands of years later in 5000 BC. This Sumerian manuscript cites “tooth worms” as the origin of dental decay. This theory wasn’t actually proved wrong until the 1700s.

In France in the Middle Ages, a group of dentists gathered. They didn’t name themselves dentists though; they were called barbers, and they treated more than teeth—they also treated various medical conditions and even cut hair.

In the 1700s, Pierre Fauchard, the Father of Modern Dentistry, wrote a book called “The Surgeon Dentist: A Treatise on Teeth.” It described and outlined the first comprehensive dental system. With this knowledge, dentistry began to multiply throughout the world, including the United States.

In 1840, the first dental college formed in Baltimore, Maryland. A few decades later, Colgate began producing toothpaste and toothbrushes. However, caring for teeth didn’t become popular in America until after World War II when U.S. soldiers brought their habits that they had learned abroad back to their hometowns.

New inventions and techniques continue to develop that make dentistry an ever-evolving and improving field. Do your teeth need some attention? Just call Tacoma Washington Dentist in Fircrest, Washington, at to set up an appointment with Dr. Phuong Nguyen.