Dentistry in the 20th Century

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Humans have recognized the vital importance of caring for teeth for thousands of years. But until the last 300 years or so, dental advances were few and far between. The 1900s, however, was a century of massive development in the field—in areas of science, education and business.

First, let’s address some important scientific advances. Right around the turn of the century, an American dentist named Dr. Charles Land patented the first porcelain jacket crown. Then, just two years later, in 1905, a German chemist named Alfred Einhorn created the formula for the anesthetic later called Novocaine. And in 1937, Dr. Alvin Stock successfully implanted the first dental implant. This is also the time when dental lasers were first invented, used to treat gum disease in the 1960s and cavities beginning in 1997.

What about dental education? For one, the early 1900s was the time of Greene Vardiman Black, who wrote an extremely important treatise called Operative Dentistry and made other vital contributions to dentistry. Also, in 1913, Dr. Alfred Fones opened Fones Clinic for Dental Hygienists, the world’s first dental hygiene school.

As for business, the 1900s saw some imperative new dental products on the market. In 1938, the first synthetic nylon bristled toothbrush appeared in stores. Fluoride toothpaste first became available in 1950. And in 1989, home tooth-whitening products first emerged.

Mountain View Dental thanks the pioneers of the dental industry. Without them, our business would not be the same. Want the benefits of modern dentistry in your life? Just call 435-635-9471 to set up an appointment with Jeremy D. Hatch and his expert team in Hurricane, Utah.