Historical evidence has shown dentistry being practiced as far back as 7000 BC. This early form of dentistry involved curing tooth related disorders with bow drills (an ancient tool typically used for starting fires). Yikes! Dentist were even filling teeth with beeswax as an early form of a dental filling!
While some of these practices may seem barbaric, they were very advanced for their time considering their limitations with tools and other supplies. During the Middle Ages and throughout the 19th century, dentistry was not a profession in itself, and often dental procedures were performed by barbers or general physicians.
The dental instruments that we use today were adapted tools from watch makers, jewelers and even barbers!
It wouldn’t be until 1867 when Harvard University would found the first university affiliated dental institution.
Dentistry has come a long way and we can all be grateful that the doctors are not using bow drills and beeswax anymore. Thank goodness for modern day advances!