Almost everyone was never fond of visiting dentists as children, but we have to agree that dentists help relieve some pains that trouble us and help us have good dental health and hygiene. Dentist Day celebrated on March 6 annually around the globe, is dedicated to dentists appreciating their role in our communities and campaigning for oral hygiene. Some people send virtual appreciation cards to their dentists, while others leave a positive review on social media about the services they received from their dentists. Others still go ahead and give gift baskets.
HISTORY OF DENTIST DAY
The practice of dentistry is an ancient discipline that dates back to 7000 BC with the Indus Valley Civilization, although records of how the day came about do not exist. Hesy-Ra, an Egyptian Scribe who lived around 2600 BC, is the earliest reference to any person identified as a dental practitioner.
Throughout the 19th century, dentistry did not exist as a profession. General physicians and barbers who removed bad teeth were considered dentists. Since anesthetics did not exist then, the affected must have felt unbearable pain.
With the advancement of science and technology, medicine and how to handle teeth problems have improved. By 1530, a book on dentistry called “The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth” was published. Then in 1724. French surgeon Pierre Fauchard was named the Father of Modern Dentistry. Later on, on February 21, 1828, the first-ever school of dentistry, which John M. Harris founded, was launched, and this helped establish dentistry and a profession in medicine. In 1840, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was founded as the first dental college.
Therefore, Dentist Day is established to honor professionals committed to providing dental care, such as dental surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, dental assistants, technicians and therapists, and all dental practitioners who have become an important part of our society today.