The practice of dentistry can be a very tricky thing. There’s a lot of different procedures that dentists offer and are well educated to perform them. Dentists have the initials D.D.S. behind their name for a good reason (Doctor of Dental Surgery). It’s serious business.
Back in the day, there wasn’t anyone specified as a dentist, so, other people took it upon themselves to offer their services. This included barbers, blacksmiths and monks (as they had a higher education).
Because of this, there were numerous injuries and deaths from abscesses and infections from improper sterilization. When anesthetic was used, it was used improperly causing the patient to die.
Not until the 1800’s was there a protocol for receiving an education to perform dentistry in the United States. Even though regulation was put forth, there were still those who practiced “street” dentistry and flourished doing it. Even now, there are still those that are performing dentistry without an education or license.
Dentistry is an important part of our lives especially now with all of the terrible things we eat with sugars that cause our chompers to decay. Be glad that there’s educated dentists available that offer a clean, sterilized comfortable environment for you to have treatment completed.
If you are in need of dental work or just a cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Szmanda Dental Center and make an appointment. We promise to take good care of you at any of our 5 locations in Edgar, Marathon, Wausau (2 offices) and Wittenberg.
Information compiled from Wikipedia and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015