Palo Alto Dentistry

Brief History of Dentistry

The earliest evidence of the practice of dentistry has been found in the Indus Valley which flows through modern-day Pakistan, and it dates back approximately 9,000 years. More recently, Egyptian skulls dating from nearly 5,000 years in the paste have been found with small holes in the jaw, indicating that they may have been given treatment for infections in the root of the teeth. For a large portion of recorded history, dentistry has consisted primarily of the extraction of decayed, broken or infected teeth, as well as certain types of drilling. Over the course of the past century, however, dental medicine has made enormous progress in technology and results.

Information About Dentistry

The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that as of 2009, there were 186,084 professionally active dentists in the United States, with one in five of them working in a specialty field. According to the ADA, most American adults visit a dentist at least once a year, while slightly less than half of them have been within the past six months, as is commonly advised for routine checkups and cleanings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 16.2 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 years of age suffer from untreated tooth cavities, while the number is significantly greater for adults between 20 and 64 years of age, at 23.7 percent. Pediatric dentistry is more common than it is for adults, with 78.9 percent of children visiting the dentist within the past year as compared with only 61.1 percent for adults.

Services We Provide

The Palo Alto dentists of Nidhi A Pai DMD provide a wide range of family dentistry and dental surgery procedures, ranging from routine checkups and cleanings to root canals, as well as a number of different cosmetic dentistry procedures. In every procedure we perform, we strive to provide our patients with a comfortable and relaxing environment. To learn more about our services and request an appointment, contact our office now!