Dental Health Info Article

Dentists That Changed History:

Thanks to their education and training, dentists have the ability to ease dental pain and improve dental health. Because of their knowledge the medical experts also have the ability to help Presidents, assist in criminal cases and the identify corpses, including that of Adolf Hitler and some dental care professionals also had a hand in altering the course of history forever!

Dentistry has existed for thousands of years as humans have always been fascinated with teeth, dental care and tooth decay (originally thought to be caused by tooth worms). This curiosity helped take dentistry out of the Dark Ages and allowed it to evolve into the science driven industry it is today. During the evolution of dental care there have been a variety of people who worked on advancing the science and along the way they made other contributions to the world at large.

Electric Chair

For better or for worse, capital punishment has long been used as a deterrent against crime. The threat and deliverance of a "eye for an eye" or death has been used throughout history by the powers that be. As humans evolved, they opted to keep the threat of death as a punishment in place while longing to implement the most human way to take a human life. Dentist Alfred P. Southwick thought he could improve the process courtesy of the electric chair.

As a dental care practitioner, Southwick was used to treating squirming patients in chairs. He also witnessed a drunk man accidentally perish from touching a live electric generate. His medical mind married the two in one demented vision that helped launch the introduction of the electric chair. Not only did Dr. Southwick have the idea for the killing machine, he worked diligently with then New York Governor, David B. Hill to pass the laws that made execution by electricity legal.

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

The battle dubbed "The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" is one of the most infamous gunfights in American history. The shoot-out happened at around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona. The altercation lasted for less than a minute and was between dastardly outlaws Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and his brother Frank McLaury versus lawmen Virgil Earp, his brothers Morgan and Wyatt and dentist, gunslinger and professional gambler Doc Holliday (an qualified DDS).

Holliday was hurt during the battle and despite that shoot out, the feud between the good and bad continued. However, without Doc's assistance, chances are that Wyatt Earp would not have emerged from the battle unscathed and the wild west would never have been won.

Opened the Beatles Mind

Till this very day, the Beatles are still one of the most popular rock bands in history. The four lads came from Liverpool where they were primarily a hip cover band, rose to world wide stardom and have influenced countless artists since. That may not have happened if dentist Dr. John Robert did not introduce the band to Lysergic acid diethylamide (AKA LSD).

In the 1960s Timothy Leary advised everyone to "drop in and tune out" courtesy of LSD. Some believed the drug allowed individuals to open their minds and think differently. Rumor has it Beatles band members John Lennon (whose teeth recently sold at auction for tens of thousands of dollars) and George Harrison (and their wives) were no different and legend has it that Dr. Robert dosed the crew when they had coffee and LSD-laced sugar cubes at a party he hosted.

Legend has it that it was this moment that helped create the lyrics to a number of Beatles songs including "Help," "Dr.Robert" and allowed the band members to create masterful (and psychedelic) studio works during their run.

While these dentists altered history forever, contemporary patients are better off going to a vetted dentist without any ties to the dark side and 1-800-DENTIST can make it easier to find a dentist. Prior to admitting any dentists to our member database, our staff screens them all for education, license, specialities and other categories to ensure that their credentials are up to snuff.