The Ancient Egypt and The Need for Dental Care: A Historical Appraisal
Int J Dent Oral Care
The ancient Egyptians were very comfortable with and knowledgeable about the human body. The ancient inhabitants of Egypt suffered from dental diseases just like us. The diet was full of fibers and raw vegetables. Besides, poor dental hygiene caused various oral diseases, including periodontitis and caries. They tried to treat these diseases by medical practices far transcended their time as the Egyptians were skilled and resourceful doctors. Dental surgery was invented and actively exploited medicines offered by nature. As old as when some of the first pyramids were built the first evidence of dentistry was found. Written Surgical Papyrus of The Edwin Smith had been found before 3000 B.C. instructions on how to heal and treat wounds in the mouth was given. They had started with Minor dental work performance, and slowly over time, it grows to be more complex procedures. The aim of this paper is focused on reviewing the role and creativity of ancient Egypt in the field of dentistry and dental surgery and dissecting the current clues on these queries of the presence of the dental profession in ancient Egypt.
Material and Methods: Databases of PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library were searched for literature published before March 2021. This narrative review was created from conscious dissection of different data obtained from the related articles. Careful categorical writing was done in an easy simple manner.
Keywords: Dentistry; Ancient Egypt; History of Dentistry; Dental Instruments