Week 7 Blog: Project Proposal

Lina Tambil

HIST 390

Dr. Beasley

October 7th, 2021

Topic: How have dental technological advancements throughout history significantly impact dental services for the betterment of society? This is the research question that I would like to investigate for my final project. This is because primarily, I am a pre-dental student and find every aspect of dentistry really fascinating. Moreover, I want to narrow down my studies to how technology specifically impacted the effectiveness of dental services throughout history, and in turn, better the public health. I chose this topic in particular because I would like to study how man-made dental tools evolved through time, to become significant in ensuring a painless and more efficient delivery of treatment in modern-day dental care services. I hope to understand how these dental tools, such as the dental chair, drill, and surgical tools, have advanced in efficiency to aid in painless dental procedures.

Thesis: The beauty of dentistry lies in its ability to implement art in caring for a patients’ oral health, and with the help of technological advancements throughout history, patients today are able to receive the utmost dental care service to remain healthy and pain-free.

Primary Sources

Document | America’s Historical Newspapers | Readex. https://infoweb-newsbank-com.mutex.gmu.edu/apps/readex/doc?p=EANX&sort=YMD_date%3AA&fld-base-0=alltext&val-base-0=dental%20technology&val-database-0=&fld-database-0=database&fld-nav-0=YMD_date&val-nav-0=&docref=image/v2%3A111FB735D6420B38%40EANX-12ECDECAE8F7EA40%402405580-12E9E485DED27508%400-130B814BE2C4E673%40Advertisement&firsthit=yes. Accessed 28 Sept. 2021.

This primary source generated from Readex, an America’s Historical Newspapers archive, captures a significant period in time where the discovery of anesthetics was made. I can utilize this advertisement to stress how this very different, significant technological advancement allowed for safer and more efficient dental care procedures.

Document | America’s Historical Newspapers | Readex. https://infoweb-newsbank-com.mutex.gmu.edu/apps/readex/doc?p=EANX&t=state%3AVA%21USA%2B-%2BVirginia&sort=YMD_date%3AA&f=advanced&val-base-0=dental%20technology%20evolution&fld-base-0=ocrtext&docref=image/v2%3A135B950C9F3CF0C6%40EANX-13E1179B6D71EB64%402429321-13DF22BF63AC5B01%405-13DF22BF63AC5B01%40&firsthit=yes. Accessed 27 Sept. 2021.

Another primary source was generated from Readex, and it details the initial encounters with anesthetics when it was first introduced in dentistry. I can utilize this newspaper excerpt to compare and contrast how anesthetics were administered in the past v.s. today.

Harris, Brad. The History of Dentistry. Ball State University Muncie, Indiana, May 2007, pp. 1–27, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/5009071.pdf.

The History of Dentistry, written by Brad Harris, was retrieved from Google Scholars, and it does a great job at breaking down the extensive history of dentistry, in that he provides detailed information regarding people, tools, and procedures, and even includes an interview with a dentist at the end of his report regarding future advancements. I can use this article to show how advancement in dental technology is a continuous trend.

History of Dentisty. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/ada-library/dental-history. Accessed 7 Oct. 2021.

This primary source retrieved from the American Dental Association archive, “History of Dentistry,” dates back to ancient times, guiding the audience through a timeline of significant events that revolve around the dental profession and technologies. I can use this article to give my audience a better understanding of how extensive dental history really is, and an idea of how many dental tools have changed in functionality, to mold into the instruments they are today.

Messina, Matthew J. “Why Older Adults Have Teeth: A History of Dental Care and Its Improvements.” Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, vol. 40, no. 3, American Society on Aging, 2016, pp. 19–24. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/26556212.

“Why Older Adults Have Teeth: A History of Dental Care and Its Improvements,” is a primary source obtained from JSTOR, written by Matthew Messina, and it details how dental care procedures significantly improved throughout history, in many different aspects to ensure the safe delivery of treatment for all patients. I can use this article by tieing it back to how dental technology advancements played a significant role in this improvement over time.

Sataline, Suzanne. DENTISTRY GOES DIGITAL. – George Mason University Libraries. https://wrlc-gm-primo-exlibrisgroup-com.mutex.gmu.edu. Accessed 28 Sept. 2021.

This primary source generated from George Mason University’s Online Library Database, “Dentistry Goes Digital,” by Suzanne Sataline, sheds light on dental technology that is used in modern dentistry. I can use this article to help my audience appreciate how dental technology evolved throughout history because, without these advancements, dental services would still be considered life-or-death procedures.

Secondary Sources

Dinham, Paddy. “Back-Street Horror of Victorian Dentistry Exposed in Grim Photos.” Mail Online, 30 May 2017, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/~/article-4554324/index.html.

This secondary source generated by Google, titled “Back-street Horror of Victorian Dentistry Exposed in Grim Photos,” written by Paddy Dinham, highlights the terror people of the Victorian era endured when undergoing dental procedures, due to the lack of effective medical treatment available at the time. A significant factor that played a huge role in the absence of adequate dental equipment was the limited knowledge of technology and its abilities. I plan to use this as evidence to show how dental diagnostics and extraction procedures during the Victorian era significantly differ from the ones performed on patients in modern dentistry.

Feuerstein, Paul. Dental Technology Over 150 Years: Evolution and Revolution. https://mydigimag.rrd.com/article/Dental+Technology+Over+150+Years%3A+Evolution+and+Revolution+/1614009/192640/article.html. Accessed 27 Sept. 2021.

Another secondary source generated by Google, “Dental Technology Over 150 Years: Evolution and Revolution,” written by Paul Feuerstein, dives into detail about the origin and advancements of specific dental instruments that are heavily used in modern dentistry. I can use this article to showcase how these tools underwent significant changes that molded them into the important equipment they are today.

Images

Bonhams : AUSTEN, JANE. 1775-1817. Autograph Letter Signed (“J. Austen”), to Her Sister Cassandra, Discussing Their Brother Edward’s China from Wedgwood’s, Music Lessons, the Children’s Dentistry, and Mrs. Tilson’s Child-Bearing among Other Intimate Affairs,. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25263/lot/5/. Accessed 7 Oct. 2021.

An autographed letter generated by Google, written by Jane Austen, captures her personal experience at the dental office, with her family. I plan to utilize this image to further solidify the horrors dental patients faced when undergoing dental treatment in a time period where dental technology has not yet advanced to the efficient tools they are today.

Zotero Link:

https://www.zotero.org/ltambil/library

Sources:

Bonhams : AUSTEN, JANE. 1775-1817. Autograph Letter Signed (“J. Austen”), to Her Sister Cassandra, Discussing Their Brother Edward’s China from Wedgwood’s, Music Lessons, the Children’s Dentistry, and Mrs. Tilson’s Child-Bearing among Other Intimate Affairs,. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25263/lot/5/. Accessed 7 Oct. 2021.

Dinham, Paddy. “Back-Street Horror of Victorian Dentistry Exposed in Grim Photos.” Mail Online, 30 May 2017, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/~/article-4554324/index.html.

Document | America’s Historical Newspapers | Readex. https://infoweb-newsbank-com.mutex.gmu.edu/apps/readex/doc?p=EANX&sort=YMD_date%3AA&fld-base-0=alltext&val-base-0=dental%20technology&val-database-0=&fld-database-0=database&fld-nav-0=YMD_date&val-nav-0=&docref=image/v2%3A111FB735D6420B38%40EANX-12ECDECAE8F7EA40%402405580-12E9E485DED27508%400-130B814BE2C4E673%40Advertisement&firsthit=yes. Accessed 28 Sept. 2021.

Document | America’s Historical Newspapers | Readex. https://infoweb-newsbank-com.mutex.gmu.edu/apps/readex/doc?p=EANX&t=state%3AVA%21USA%2B-%2BVirginia&sort=YMD_date%3AA&f=advanced&val-base-0=dental%20technology%20evolution&fld-base-0=ocrtext&docref=image/v2%3A135B950C9F3CF0C6%40EANX-13E1179B6D71EB64%402429321-13DF22BF63AC5B01%405-13DF22BF63AC5B01%40&firsthit=yes. Accessed 27 Sept. 2021.

Feuerstein, Paul. Dental Technology Over 150 Years: Evolution and Revolution. https://mydigimag.rrd.com/article/Dental+Technology+Over+150+Years%3A+Evolution+and+Revolution+/1614009/192640/article.html. Accessed 27 Sept. 2021.

Harris, Brad. The History of Dentistry. Ball State University Muncie, Indiana, May 2007, pp. 1–27, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/5009071.pdf.

History of Dentisty. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/ada-library/dental-history. Accessed 7 Oct. 2021.

Messina, Matthew J. “Why Older Adults Have Teeth: A History of Dental Care and Its Improvements.” Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, vol. 40, no. 3, American Society on Aging, 2016, pp. 19–24. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/26556212.

Sataline, Suzanne. DENTISTRY GOES DIGITAL. – George Mason University Libraries. https://wrlc-gm-primo-exlibrisgroup-com.mutex.gmu.edu. Accessed 28 Sept. 2021.

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