The father of modern dentistry is French. Pierre Fauchard, born in Mayenne in 1678 and died in 1761, revolutionized the discipline by writing the first scientific manual of knowledge and good practices for his peers. This concern to compile the state of knowledge of the time began a new era in dentistry, at a time when the profession, exercised by surgeons and barbers, even many "charlatans" (unscrupulous fairgrounds), was transmitted from master to student or learned on the job.
First published in 1728, The Dental Surgeon, or Treatise on Teeth lays the foundations for prevention (daily cleaning of teeth and annual visit to the dentist are recommended), defends a conservative approach (pulling out a tooth should be avoided as much as possible), and deciphers best practices for removing tartar, treating a cavity, install prostheses... The author even illustrates the book with tools created specifically ...
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