Is Dentistry A Profession?

2358 WordsOct 29, 201410 Pages
“According to the American Academy of Periodontology, 50% of respondents surveyed said that a smile is the first feature they notice about another person” (AcceleDent 1). With that being said, it’s evident that a lot of people find pleasure in their teeth being cared for. Dentists have the privilege to work on people’s teeth and give them the beautiful smile they desire, or help maintain one. This desire dates back all the way to BC times; since then the equipment and strategies have been developed into the practice we know today as dentistry. Extraordinarily, the meticulous craft of dentistry all started thousands of years before christ. Primarily it is common to believe that our advanced culture was once just merely cavemen whom didn’t worry of something as small as a tooth. Realistically, our race was not filled with men who would pull their teeth out for fun, but actually noted flaws, possible diseases, and made dentistry a profession. Starting in 5,000 BC, an ancient text described tooth decay occurring from “tooth worms.” Then in 2,600 BC, an Egyptian man considered the first dentist was declared dead. Writing found on his tomb said, “he greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” Skipping 1,000 years forward, the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian text, was written on diseases of the teeth and multiple toothache remedies. In 100 BC, a Roman medical writer named Celsus Baker 2 wrote in great detail of medicine for oral hygiene, correcting loose teeth,
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