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Dental care has developed greatly over thousands of years, with most scientific developments occurring in the last few centuries. Dr. Vela, Dr. Ng, and our team would like to educate you about dental history in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The first reference to a dental practitioner appeared on Egyptian Hesy-Re’s tomb in 2600 BC: “the greatest of those who deal with teeth.” Around 500 to 300 BC, Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about treatments for several dental issues.

Before the 1700s, not much is known about dentistry. However, we do know that lay barbers treated many dental problems with tooth extraction.

In 1723, Pierre Fauchard published The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth, which included a comprehensive description of the practice of dentistry. Dr. Fauchard has since been named the Father of Modern Dentistry.

During the 1800s, a dentist named William Morton conducted the first successful demonstration of the use of ether anesthesia in surgery. In 1859, twenty-six dentists founded the American Dental Association in Niagara Falls, NY. This century also included the discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Roentgen.

There were many discoveries the 1900s that advanced dental care to the level of excellence we know today, such as Novocain. Lasers were developed for use in soft tissue procedures. New tooth-colored materials led to the development of aesthetic dentistry.

Celebrate the achievements in dentistry by scheduling regular checkups with our dentists at Vela Dental Centers Southside.