Dental History Facts
- According to many scholars and historians, dental braces date back to ancient times, coming into existence around 2022–2030 BC. Around 400-300 BC, Hippocrates and Aristotle contemplated about ways to straighten teeth and to fix various dental conditions.
- Saint Apollonia was one of a group of virgin martyrs who suffered in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians prior to the persecution of Decius. According to legend, her torture included having all of her teeth violently pulled out or shattered. For this reason, she is regarded as the patroness of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems.
- The Maya civilization has been shown to have used the earliest known examples of endosseous implants (implants embedded into bone). While excavating Maya burial sites in Honduras in 1931, archaeologists found a fragment of mandible of Maya origin, dating from about 600 AD. This mandible, which is considered to be that of a woman in her twenties, had three tooth-shaped pieces of shell placed into the sockets of three missing lower incisor teeth.
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