Dentistry has been around for a very long, long time. We’ve compiled a few interesting “peeks at the past”. Did you know the earliest dentists were Etruscans? In the 7th century BC they already knew how to insert new teeth, which were cut from teeth of animals. Are you familiar with ancient “tooth worms”? We’re not sure exactly what they might have been but in 5000 BC, a Sumerian text describes “tooth worms” as the cause of dental decay. Were you aware the doctor of Japan anciently removed teeth with their bare hands? They would shake them first with a wooden chisel and hammer.

Have you heard that Egypt is the birthplace of toothpaste? It was a powder made of ox hooves, ashes, burnt eggshells and pumice,  Would you be surprised to learn that the ancient Greeks believe a toothache is the consequence of telling a lie? No matter what fun facts there are in ancient dental history, the future of dentistry is in the capable hands of Dr. Bosworth and his skilled staff!