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The History of Dentistry: Highlights from a Long Journey

Consider the history of dentistry: What were the earliest signs of tooth restoration? Why did barbers extract teeth? How did our profession impact a presidential inaugural address?

The origins of the dental profession span the earliest signs of tooth restoration (13,000 years ago!) through the opening of the first dental school in 1840 and many discoveries in between. As dentistry moves into the 21st century, it is critical that we acknowledge the past―designing a future of relevancy and success:
Historical knowledge, it is “not to make us clever for the next time, but to make us wise forever.”—Swiss Historian Jacob Burkhardt

Join us for an exciting presentation designed for both dental professionals and students curious about the history of our profession. Dedicated time will be provided at the end of the webinar for live Q&A with Andrew I. Spielman, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview the history of dentistry
  • Describe key events in dental history that have impacted society
  • Satisfy curiosity and spark further inquiry into dental history.

CE information:

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by April 23, 2023. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.



All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.