Mckenzy Schreiner is a senior at Monona Grove High School. Next year she will be continuing her education at the University of Minnesota, Mankato and is interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. She has always been interested in dentistry and is excited for an opportunity to explore the topic further.
The Benefits of Dental Health
The idea of dental hygiene has been around for centuries, dating all the way back to 5000BC. Before the improvement of modern dentistry, physicians would simply extract an infected tooth rather than attempt to treat it. Throughout time, medical professionals have researched and improved dental health care and treatment of dental health issues. As the profession has grown more advanced for the practicing professionals, it has grown easier and easier for patients to seek and receive treatment.
Since the very first dental discovery in 5000 BC, dentistry has greatly advanced into a widely accepted form of regular care. Hesy-Re, an Egyptian scribe, was the first person in history to ever be given the title of an occupational dentist. Hesy-Re got the ball rolling on dental health, whether it be brushing your teeth or receiving a dental implant, the modern medicine we know today stemmed from his early practices. In fact most early dentistry originated from ancient middle eastern civilizations, mainly in Egypt and Greece. In 700AD the first amalgam, silver paste, was mentioned. The profession continued to develop throughout the middle ages and into the 18th century where a more modern form of dentistry takes way.
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One major improvement in the dental field is that of dental implants. Although controversial, they take natural tooth preservation a step beyond the typical crown. Most people either have or know someone with a silver cap in their mouth known as a filling. These fillings were the prototype of tooth preservation. Following the filling is a more extreme form of preservation, the crown. The crown is when a false cap is placed over the natural root of an infected tooth. Both of these breakthroughs have made it possible for dental professionals to advance their care to the implant level. This new level allows for natural bone structure to remain intact and unharmed while renewing the patients smile.
Preserve original bone Could get infected/ cause nerve damage
Don't rely on surrounding teeth Nerve damage can cause discomfort in natural teeth
Realistic looking tooth replacement Very expensive/ time consuming process
Implants require a more highly trained Less people willing to attend school longer for qualification
Like most modern medicine there is still a lot of progress to be made. Doctors will continue to improve their practice and work to treat biological teeth versus replacing them entirely. Proper oral hygiene and the treatment of diseases has room for extensive growth and advances in the field. The field will continue to grow and advance, if you are interested in a career in the dental field click here. The public needs to accept the idea that the fear surrounding the dentist is all in their head, the dentists are here to help not cause you pain. If anything taking advantage of dental care will prevent pain in the future. Hopefully with the advances in the dental field including such controversies as dental implants, doctors of dentistry will continue to treat teeth one smile at a time.
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