When: March 6th
Where: United States
If you are a dentist, you can give yourself a pat on the back. If you go a dentist that you see on a regular basis, drop he or she an email thanking them for their service. Today is also a good day to reflect on what a dentist does and how that you can do your part to adhere the advice they have given you in regard to your teeth, smile and your overall dental health.
Adults have 32 teeth which is 12 more than in the baby set. As a child gets older and reaches the age of about 12 to 14, most have lost all baby teeth and now have their adult teeth.
Dentistry is one of the oldest medical professions, and according to the American Dental Education Association, it even dates as far back as 7000 B.C. with the Indus Valley Civilization. It took a long time however to start adopting best dental practices and separate myth, rumors and unsubstantiated dental claims such as the common notion that tooth worms caused dental decay. It wasn't until around the 1700's that such ideas were proven false. Although many scholars, and philosophers talked and wrote opinions on the ideas of dentistry, it wasn't until 1530 that the first book on dentistry was published, called "Thee Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth." The first dental college (Baltimore College of Dental Surgery) opened in 1840. After such emergence of formalized dental education and practices beginning to open around the country and nearly 20 years later after the first school opened, The American Dental Association (ADA) was formed. Harvard University Dental School, was founded in 1867 and is credited as being the the first university-affiliated dental institution.