Dentist Day is celebrated on March 6 every year. As much as almost every person as a child was not fond of visiting the dentist, we can not deny that dentists relieve us of troublesome aches and contribute to our dental health and hygiene. Dentist Day is dedicated to dentists for their contributions to the betterment of our society while raising awareness about oral hygiene. Many people celebrate by sending virtual thank you cards to their dentists or leaving positive reviews about their services on social media. Some go a little old-fashioned with traditional gift baskets. Dentist Day celebrates dentists around the globe.
History of Dentist Day
Although there are no records of how the Dentist Day came about, the discipline of dentistry has been around since very ancient times, dating back to 7000 B.C. with the Indus Valley Civilization. The earliest reference to an individual identified as a dental practitioner was an Egyptian Scribe called Hesy-Ra, who lived around 2600 B.C.
During the Middle Ages and throughout the 19th century, dentistry was not a single profession, and often dental operations were carried out by barbers or general physicians. Their practice was limited to extracting bad teeth to relieve pain and illness. Since there were no anesthetics, we can only imagine the pain people who had their bad teeth pulled out had to go through.
As science and technology advanced, so did medicine and ways of dealing with teeth problems. By 1530, a book on dentistry hit the market, titled “The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth.” In 1724, a French surgeon named Pierre Fauchard was declared the Father of Modern Dentistry. On February 21, 1828, the first dental school, founded by John M. Harris, was launched, which aided in establishing dentistry as a health profession. And in 1840, the first dental college of dentistry called Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was founded.
Dentist Day is committed to honoring the professionals who provide dental care and has become a big part of our society. We are talking about dental surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, prosthodontists, pediatric dentists, dental assistants, dental technicians, and dental therapists, all dental practitioners deserve appreciation for their endeavors.
Dentist Day timeline
An Egyptian Scribe by the name Hesy-Ra practices dentistry.
A book on dentistry titled “The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth” hits the market.
John M. Harris founds the world’s first dentist school.
The leading non-profit organization for tackling eating disorders emerges.
Dentist Day FAQs
Is a cavity a hole?
A cavity is a hole in a tooth that develops from tooth decay.
Who was the first female dentist?
The first female dentist was Lucy Hobbs Taylor.
What do prosthodontists do?
They specialize in treating and handling dental and facial problems that involve fixing missing teeth and restoring jaw structures.
Dentist Day Activities
Schedule a dental checkup
If you have not gone for your yearly dental checkup, book an appointment for one today! Remember to thank your dentist when you see them in person.
Maintain good oral hygiene
Make your dentist happy by taking good care of your teeth. Brush and floss every day, and take extra care in building proper dental habits because your dental health can affect your overall health.
Give your dentist a shoutout on social media
Post some words of appreciation for your dentist on social media. You can send them a virtual holiday card or thank you note. Don't forget to tag them in the post.
5 Interesting Facts About Teeth
Tooth prints are unique
Tooth prints are like fingerprints as they are unique to each person.
The hardest substance in the body
The hardest substance found in the human body is tooth enamel, tougher than even your bones.
Giraffes only have bottom teeth
Giraffes only have bottom teeth, which they use to chew leaves.
1882 was the year commercial floss stormed the market.
The blue whale has no teeth
The blue whale may be larger than a school bus, but it only eats tiny shrimps because it has no teeth.
Why We Love Dentist Day
It promotes good dental care
It reminds people to brush and floss every day and not use a toothbrush for more than four months to maintain good oral hygiene. People also learn to avoid foods and other objects that can harm their teeth.
It reminds us that dentists keep us healthy
Almost everyone can attest to how badly a toothache hurts and how that can affect your normal daily activities. There is comfort in the knowledge that we can always rely on our dentists to make us feel better.
It’s a day to appreciate dentists
Most Dentists work four to five days a week, some work evenings and weekends to satisfy their patients' needs. They do their best to provide the dental care we need. On this day, we get to show we appreciate them.
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