When exactly was dentistry 'invented'? Did people lose teeth a lot before we had dentists?

5000 BC in Iraq. The earliest recorded reference to oral disease is from an ancient (5000 BC) Sumerian text that describes "tooth worms" as a cause of dental decay.
Here you go... More info that I can possibly squeeze into 400 characters: http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-history-and-presidents-of-the-ada/ada-history-of-dentistry-timeline.

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When exactly was dentistry 'invented'? Did people lose teeth a lot before we had dentists?

Here you go... More info that I can possibly squeeze into 400 characters: http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-history-and-presidents-of-the-ada/ada-history-of-dentistry-timeline. Read more...
5000 BC in Iraq. The earliest recorded reference to oral disease is from an ancient (5000 BC) Sumerian text that describes "tooth worms" as a cause of dental decay. Read more...
Long time ago. Nobody really knows when Dental Procedures started. There is evidence from ancient Egypt mummies that they had some Dental Procedures done. Read more...