Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dentistry and Dental Care in the Roman World

The history of dental care in the Roman world shows things were a lot different to visiting the dentist today

While the Romans cannot lay claim to being the first dentally advanced civilisation - that honour lies with their earlier Tuscan neighbours, the Etruscans - they certainly practiced a form of dentistry, based on medical ideas inherited from the Greeks. Roman dental care was sophisticated for its time, and historian James Wynbrandt has described it as "the zenith of the ancient world's oral-care arts".

By Sharon Brookshaw

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