Infographic "Dentistry Throughout the World"

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Dentistry Throughout the World

Historians date the beginnings of dentistry back to the Indus Valley Civilization back in 7000 B.C. By 1500 B.C. more specific descriptions of the practice of dentistry and related oral health conditions emerged.

Considered the Father of Modern Dentistry, Pierre Fauchard published the pivotal book "The Surgeon Dentist, a Treatise on Teeth", which is credited as the first guide providing a comprehensive perspective on dental care and treatment. Fauchard is also credited with identifying how acids and sugars can lead to tooth decay and introducing the concepts behind dental fillings and dental prosthesis.

The 19th century was a particularly robust time for rapid advancement in dentistry. During this century in the United States milestones include the establishment of the first dental college (Baltimore College of Dentistry), dental practice and Colgate’s first mass production of toothpaste and toothbrushes. 

Fast forwarding to the 21st century, the amount dental practitioners, diversity of specialties and treatment options available to clients have greatly expanded. The following table provides an interesting snapshot of dentistry around the world.

 

Country

Number of Dentists

Most Common Type of Treatment

Frequency of Visits to the Dentist

Percentage of Dentist in General (Private) Practice

Austria

4,820

Operative Treatment

Annually

87%

Czech Republic

4,820

Preventive and Operative Treatments

6 Months

94%

France

42,084

Operative Treatment

Annually

90%

Germany

66,539

Preventative Procedures

Annually

96%

Italy

40,591

Operative Treatment

Annually

91%

Netherlands

8,784

Preventative Procedures

9-12 months

100%

Poland

12,322

Low Incidence of Dental Attendance

6 months

94%

Sweden

7,699

Preventative Procedures

N/A

46%

Spain

32,429

Operative Treatment

N/A

99%

Switzerland

4,208

Preventative Procedures

9-12 months

90%

United Kingdom

33,999

Combination of all three main categories

Annually

92%

Brazil

240,000+

Unclear

N/A

N/A

China

119,000+

Unclear

N/A

N/A

Japan

99,426

Unclear

N/A

N/A

Russia

45,628

Unclear

N/A

N/A

USA

210,030

Operative, Preventative Treatments and Procedures

Annually

N/A

Australia

13,430

Operative, Preventative Treatments and Procedures

9-12 Months

90%

 

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