During the middle ages, dental care gradually turned into a real profession. The journey of teeth and their professionals takes us from China of the year 700, where “silver paste” was used as a type of amalgam, to France, when in 1210, a guild of barbers was established and later categorized into two distinct groups: well-educated surgeons who provided a host of more complex services; and barber-surgeons who were assigned to menial services such as extracting teeth, among other things mostly related to their primary duties as barbers.
All that said, let’s skip over lots of developments in between and fast-forward to the last century when dentistry, as a science, led to great innovations. Certain techniques such as sit down and four-handed dentistry where developed during this timeline; moreover, the use of lasers was incorporated into the practice of dentistry. The advent of electric toothbrushes happened in Switzerland after World War II. Later on, specialists from the United States improved upon the initial prototype and introduced the cordless model to the world. As can be perceived, the world of dentistry has come a long way since its initial days of the early civilizations to take care of our teeth.
Pediatric dentistry, however, is a subcategory which has its own particular aspects and demands a certain mode of conduct. A pediatric dentist’s patient might not be a well-behaved adult, but an irritated and scared child who dreads the equipment available at the dentist’s office or simply resists sitting motionless in the chair. Therefore, special care and attention has to be paid to the special patients who frequent a pediatric dentist’s office.