Boundary Implant Centre

Dr S. Boji

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A History of Dentistry in the UK

Last week looked at the history of dental hygiene in the Sates, now we take the time to look back at the history of dentistry in the  UK.
Even for us this has been a really interesting blog to create. We do our job everyday without a real though for the past.
This has been an eye opener for where were are today and how far we have come.
( We used the BDA site to share their data) 
A timeline of the development of dentistry from 1530 to the present day



Artzney Buchlein, the first book written solely on dentistry


Bartholomew Eusttachius published the first accurate book on dental anatomy, Libellus de dentibus


Antony van Leeuwenhoek identified oral bacteria using a microscope


The first dental book written in English, The Operator for the teeth by Charles Allen



​Pierre Fauchard published Le Chirurgien dentiste



​First lectures on the teeth at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh by James Rae  ​


​John Hunter published The natural history of human teeth giving a scientific basis to dental anatomy  ​


​​William Addis manufactured the first modern toothbrush ​



​Claudius Ash established his dental manufacturing company in London​ ​


​James Snell designed the first reclining dental chair  ​


​The Amalgam War conflict and controversy generated over the use of amalgam as a filling material  ​


​London Institution for Diseases of the Teeth established


​First British Dental Journal was published  ​


Horace Wells demonstrated nitrous oxide as an anaesthetic  ​


​W T G Morton demonstrated ether as an anaesthetic  ​


​​James Robinson carried out first tooth extraction under ether in the UK ​


​Vulcanite, invented by Charles Goodyear, began to be used for denture bases


​Dental Hospital of London opened, the first clinical training establishment for dentists in Britain. Medical Registration Act permitted the College of Surgeons to grant licences in dental surgery ​


​Opening of first dental schools in Britain ​


​First licences in dental surgery awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England ​


James Beall Morrision invents foot treadle engine. A tooth coloured filling material, silicate cement was introduced​​


First British Dentists Act​ ​


​First Dental Register ​


​British Dental Association founded ​


​Cocaine was introduced as a local anaesthetic by Carl Koller ​


​W D Miller formulated his ‘chemico parasitic’ theory of caries in Micro-organisms of the human mouth ​


​Lilian Lindsay became the first woman to qualify as a dentist in the UK ​


​​G V Black establishes the principles of cavity preparation ​



​Federation Dentaire Internationale founded


​University of Birmingham awarded the first dental degree in Britain

Novocaine was introduced as a local anaesthetic by Alfred Einhorn


George Cunningham established the Cambridge school children’s dental institute


​George Northcroft establishes the first orthodontic study group in the UK


Dentists Act: only registered dentists were permitted to practise

​c 1932

​Synthetic resins were introduced for denture bases


First dental hygienists were trained by the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force


Founding of the Faculty of Dental Surgery within the Royal College of Surgeons of England


National Health Service introduced


​Dentists Act: General Dental Council established


High-speed turbine handpiece introduced


Fluoride toothpaste was first marketed in Britain


Dental auxiliaries qualified at New Cross General Hospital


​Lord Colwyn became a hereditary peer contributing to dental debates in the House of Lords


First national dental survey of the adult population (children 1973) in England and Wales. These and subsequent surveys demonstrated enormous improvements in dental treatment and oral health


Baroness Gardner of Parkes becomes first dentist to have a life peerage


Dentists Act: the constitutional powers of the GDC were reduced


The first dental school closed; Royal Dental Hospital


​Water fluoridation Act passed


​Family Health Services Authorities created and a new dental contract introduce


​Formation of the Faculty of General Dental Practice


​The new General Dental Services NHS contract introduced