Celebrate National Dentist’s Day with Chestnut Dental

Happy Dentist's Day

March 6th is National Dentist’s Day! Although this day is traditionally used to express appreciation to your local dentists, it is also an important opportunity to celebrate dentistry in general. At Chestnut Dental, our dentists are celebrating by continuing to provide our patients with the highest quality dental care possible. Chestnut Dental is proud to serve the community and we look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come. Thank you for choosing us as your trusted dental care provider!

For National Dentist’s Day, we want to give you a brief history of dentistry.

It might surprise you to learn that dentistry has a long and illustrious past! The earliest known evidence of dentistry comes from Egyptian remains which date back as far as 5000 BC. Back then, dental tools were made of flint, bone and bronze. Here is a brief timeline showing the history of dentistry:

historical photo of dentistry in the past
  • 1500 BCE: The ancient Egyptians wrote the Ebers Papyrus, the first known medical text, which described toothache remedies for “diseases of the teeth”.
  • 700 BCE: The Etruscans, an ancient civilization in Italy, were known for creating dentures made of human or animal teeth.
  • 500 BCE: The ancient Greeks used wire to stabilize loose teeth and prevent further decay. In fact, Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about the eruption pattern of teeth and tooth decay.
  • 700 AD: a type of dental amalgam is mentioned in a Chinese medical text.
  • 1210: The Guild of Barbers is established in France. Back then, barber-surgeons performed tooth extractions in addition to shaving.
  • 1723: French surgeon Pierre Fauchard published “The Surgeon Dentist,” which is considered the first comprehensive textbook on dentistry.
  • 1760: Isaac Greenwood becomes the first native-born American dentist. Around the same time, John Baker became the first English immigrant dentist in America.
  • 1800s: The Industrial Revolution brought about new dental tools and materials, including porcelain and gold for dental restorations.
  • 1846: American dentist William Morton became the first person to publicly demonstrate the use of ether as an anesthetic for surgery, including dental procedures.
  • 1859: The American Dental Association was founded in Niagara Falls, New York.
  • 20th Century: The development of modern anesthetics and antibiotics revolutionized dentistry, making dental treatments much less painful and reducing the risk of infection.
  • 2008: The advent of digital dentistry, including digital X-rays and CAD/CAM technology, has allowed for even greater precision and accuracy in dental treatments.

At Chestnut Dental, we celebrate National Dentist’s Day by offering our patients the best possible care!

Not to brag or anything, but here at Chestnut Dental we take National Dentist’s Day very seriously! We use this special day as an opportunity to provide our patients with the best dental care available. From preventative dental cleanings to more specialized procedures, such as orthodontics or veneers, we take great pride in offering a wide range of pediatric, general, and cosmetic dental treatments to ensure that our patients receive the tailored care they need.

Our team of skilled professionals work hard every day to ensure that your experience is top-notch!

Our talented team of professionals puts in the effort each and every day to exceed expectations with every interaction. Chestnut Dental has three locations with a variety of dental specialists. These include pediatric dentists, orthodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists, and adult & cosmetic dentists.

Pediatric dentists, orthodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists, and adult & cosmetic dentists are all types of dentists who specialize in different areas of dentistry.

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  1. Pediatric dentists: Pediatric dentists are dental specialists who focus on the oral health of children, including infants and adolescents. They are trained to diagnose and treat children with unique dental needs, including those with behavioral challenges.
  2. Orthodontists: Orthodontists are specialists who focus on the treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. They use various appliances, such as braces and retainers, to straighten teeth and improve bite problems.
  3. Prosthodontists: Prosthodontists are specialists who focus on the replacement of missing teeth with artificial devices such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures. They also treat patients who have problems with the function and appearance of their teeth.
  4. Periodontists: Periodontists are specialists who focus on the health of the gums and bones that support the teeth. They diagnose and treat gum diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, and perform surgical procedures to restore the health of the gums and supporting structures.
  5. Adult & cosmetic dentists: Adult & cosmetic dentists are general dentists who offer cosmetic and restorative dental services, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and crowns. They focus on improving the appearance of the teeth and smile, as well as restoring function to damaged or missing teeth.

Each of these dental specialists has completed additional training and education in their area of expertise, allowing them to provide specialized care to their patients.

The Chestnut Dental Dream Team

Our dental dream team is experienced, qualified, and passionate about dentistry, often going above and beyond to ensure each patient’s needs are met.

Needham Office

Pediatric Dentists

  • Jon Shusterman DMD
  • Anne Hertzberg DMD
  • Amy Regen DMD
  • Keri Peterman DMD
  • R. Frederick Lambert DMD, MPH, MA
  • Laila Dantas DMD, DDS


  • Scott Harsfield DMD
  • Adam Donnell DMD, MS
  • Dr. Erica Frenkel


dental staff
  • Sharon Jin DMD, M.M.Sc.

Adult & Cosmetic Dentists:

  • Richard Strakus DMD
  • Martin Spielmann DMD, F.A.G.D
  • Alexander Becker DMD
  • Michael Miskelly DMD
  • Nicole Magier DMD

Franklin Office

Pediatric Dentists:

  • Shelley McBride DMD
  • Cristen Kowalski DMD
  • Laila Dantas DDS


  • Jonathan Chason DMD
  • Benjamin Roth DMD

Adult & Cosmetic Dentists

  • Debra Blattman DMD
  • Nora Zaki DMD
  • Alexander Becker DMD


  • Nomith Ramdeve DMD

Bedford Office:

Pediatric Dentists:

  • Amy Regen DMD
  • R. Frederick Lambert DDS
  • Rebecca Gollub DMD


  • Benjamin Roth DMD

Adult & Cosmetic Dentist

  • Michael Miskelly DMD

We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best dental care in the area!

This National Dentist’s Day, take a moment to celebrate the history of dentistry and all the progress that has been made! At Chestnut Dental, we are proud to provide our patients with the best possible care at any of our three offices. Our team of skilled dental professionals work hard every day to ensure that your experience is top-notch. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best dental care in the area at our Needham, Franklin, or Bedford offices. Celebrate National Dentist’s Day by scheduling a dental exam today!

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