Career in Dentistry Essay

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A Career in Dentistry
     Children are often sweet and adorable, but many times they may be eating too many sweets. According to the Channel Four News, it has been shown that the number one disease in children is the reoccurrence of caries, also known as cavities. Could it be too many sweets or could it be the lack of flossing and brushing teeth? For instance, many children go to bed or wake up without brushing their teeth and go throughout the day eating all sorts of food and candy. The result of eating and not brushing could lead to plaque build up and decaying of teeth. This leaves a child extremely unhappy and in excruciating pain. So who is going to fix this pain? Who is going to help prevent decay in
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During the fifth century B.C., a Greek historian named Herodotus wrote from his observations that medicine had become so separate that each physician was a specialist in a disease (Phinney 5).
     Dentistry during early times primarily consisted of extracting a tooth if pain existed. Some scientists have found evidence of drilling holes near the roots of the teeth to allow any infection to drain so that pressure in the abscessed tooth could be relieved.
It has been noted that Hippocrates was the father of medicine. He attempted to give a general understanding on health and disease. Among Hippocrates/ numerous writings is a book titled On Affections. He wrote, “Teeth are eroded and become decayed partly by the mucus and partly by food, when they are by nature weak and badly fixed in the mouth” (Phinney 5). Much of what Hippocrates wrote is partially untrue and some logically absurd, but has writings led many other people to look into the interesting studies of dentistry and medicine.
     One of these followers in the quest to find better methods of dentistry was Aristotle. During has time more attention was put on oral hygiene. An Athenian physician, Diocles of Carystus, stated oral hygiene should get proper attention and he gave instructions to this end (Phinney 5). During the next few centuries, more importance was placed on good oral hygiene.
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