The origins of dentistry go back further than many might actually realise. Dental health management and the study of oral health is an area that is etched far back in historic times but as a formal study and practice, the origins are more recent.
Dentistry and the study of oral health is a very important area for human health. Formal studies ensured that this whole area was segregated as a specialized area of medicine and today, people qualify as dental practitioners but with a basic medical basis as their grounding. Dental health management has expanded and we see other occupations like dental hygienists and dental technicians forming part of the overall occupation.
This interactive StoryMap from Study Medicine Europe in the UK charts the journey of dentistry from its early origins to the highpoints in its more recent history.