Dentistry, Dentistry And Oral Hygiene

1757 Words Dec 11th, 2014 8 Pages
In society, dentistry and oral hygiene has been overlooked and is viewed as a luxury. Dentistry plays a large role in American culture and has evolved extensively since it has begun. Today, the world of dentistry there have been multiple innovations with advancements in diversity, inventions, dental health and diseases. The ADA defines dentistry as “the evaluation,diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of disease, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body” (“ADA Definition of Dentistry”)
To start, dental care has been around since 7000 BC, tools dentist have used have even been found in ancient graveyards all over the world. Researchers have found drilled teeth in graveyards were hard-to-reach molars. Although it is speculated drilling could have been a decorative or "replacement of evil spirits." (“The History of Dentistry”) Since dental care wasn’t popular until the 1700s, underclass citizens were not able to get the proper care they need, they hand made tools themselves. Underclass citizens experienced painful dental care, the tools were primitive and the operator (person doing so) had either none or little experience. This is why having access to dental coverage is important, without it individuals are at risk of leaving detrimental oral diseases untreated. There are nearly 82 million people who do not have accessible…
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