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By James Wynbrandt

ISBN-10: 0312263198

ISBN-13: 9780312263195

For these on each side of the scary dentist's chair, James Wynbrandt has written a witty, colourful, and richly informative background of the artwork and technological know-how of dentistry. To all of these dental sufferers whose whine rises in tandem with that of the drill, consider: you'll do good to stifle your terror and as a substitute provide due to Apollonia, the shopper saint of toothache victims, that you simply face merely fleeting soreness instead of the disfiguring misery, or gradual agonizing loss of life oft meted out through dental-care prone of the prior. The transition from yesterday's lack of understanding, misapprehension, and superstition to the enlightened and nerve-deadened protocols of this day has been a protracted, sluggish, and intensely painful process.

For instance, were you aware that:
*Among the toothache treatments preferred through Pierre Fauchard, the daddy of dentistry, used to be rinsing the mouth liberally with one's personal urine.
*George Washington by no means had wood tooth. although, his continual dental difficulties could have impacted the result of the yankee Revolution.
*Soldiers within the Civil warfare wanted at the very least opposing entrance enamel to tear open powder envelopes. a few males referred to as up for induction had their entrance enamel extracted to prevent carrier.
*Teeth have been harvested from as many as fifty thousand corpses after the conflict of Waterloo, a major crop later used for dentures and transplants that turned referred to as "Waterloo Teeth."

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C. But the age of reason was short-lived. , belief in gods and spirits as agents of disease reasserted itself, and the toothache demon again ruled the dental domain. Prescriptive Papyrus MUCH OF THEIR dental arts remained unknown to early Egyptologists, as mysterious and unfathomable as the Sphinx or the toothlike pyramids erupting from the nearby sands. Their secrets were finally revealed in about 1862, when German archeologist Georg Ebers was exploring the acropolis at Thebes, searching for antiquities to appropriate.

The preferred tool, known as a Dantakashtha, was formed from a twig or small branch taken from any of various aromatic shrubs and frayed at the end. Careful attention was paid to the cleaning ritual. Indian dental surgeons of the era treated patients for Upa Kusa (periodontitis to modern dentists, any degenerative condition of the bone holding the teeth in place, often accompanied by the discharge of purulent matter). Krimi-danta, as caries was known, were also treated and extractions performed.

Bone loss indicative of severe gingivitis (gum disease) is also visible from remains. As civilization arose, differences in diets of the wealthy and poor were evidenced in the state of their teeth. Typically, the richer the individual, the poorer their oral health, as decay made inroads in the human mouth. Thus, whether caused by wear or decay, the toothache has been mankind’s primary dental affliction throughout history. When teeth were good, however, they could be very, very good. They were thought to possess unusual healing powers and strong rejuvinative properties.

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