For those of you who suffer from modern day dental phobia, be grateful you're not the "Two Thousand Year-Old Man".
In 1000 AD magic and superstition played an important part in the treatment of toothaches. One common remedy was to boil earthworms in oil and use the oil as eardrops. Until 1400 AD, another widespread belief was that a person could cure a toothache by obtaining a tooth from someone else, preferably a hung criminal. To think, all this time the tooth fairy was nothing but a friendly "fence".
Unfortunately, for centuries the only practical form of medical treatment available to our ancestors was tooth extraction. Monks originally performed the honors, followed by tooth drawers and barbers. During this time, weak periodontal attachment caused problem teeth to be so mobile that it was possible for a barber to lose track and yank the wrong one. Shave and a tooth pull – 6 bits .
Since cavities are the most common cause of toothache, China eased the world's pain in 1498 AD by inventing the first toothbrush. Enthralled by this wondrous invention, no one appeared to care that the bristles were made from hogs and horses.
Although the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw substantial improvements in dental research and instrumentation, many Brits turned to the "Royal Touch" to cure anything from toothaches to scrofula. Altogether, King Charles touched more than 92,000 sufferers with some so eager to be treated, that in one stampede six people were trampled to death. Today, historical reenactments can routinely be found at English football matches and American rock concerts.
The eighty and ninth centuries were the stepping stone to modern dentistry with the inventions of pulp removal, porcelain fillings, dental chairs, mechanical drills, local anesthesia and x-rays. By the twenty century many causes of toothaches, such as dental abscess, gum disease, implication and root irritation, were treatable without the need for extraction.
As we continue farther into the 21st century, modern dental techniques include: high-tech periodontal surgery, laser decay removal and dental implants. But to many, as dental bills soar and insurance coverage slides, that barber's chair is looking better all the time.
Source by Al David